In her bicentenary year the Museum is celebrating the life and legacy of the lesser known aspects of Nightingale’s life with this exciting new exhibition. She is well known as a nurse, but she was also a female icon in her own lifetime, a healthcare pioneer, statistician and leader. Come along to discover more about one of Britain’s greatest female trailblazers!
You’ll find numerous objects and people that influenced Nightingale’s career – and the people who she in turn inspired – and you can see the original lamp she carried in the Crimean War, her (much used!) writing case, her copy of Oliver Twist (Dickens was a friend who sent supplies to Scutari) and a family album containing unseen sketches of Florence and the Nightingale family. As well as objects that you might expect to see, visitors will also discover the unexpected; a Nightingale Barbie by Mattel as part of their Inspiring Women range; Nightingale’s walk-on part in the computer game Assassin’s Creed and the reference to her in Back To The Future.
The exhibition is included in museum entry price.