We asked our team to tell us about their favourite object from the museum collection, which is made up of almost 3000 artefacts relating to the life, work and legacy of Florence Nightingale. Read what they have to say below and once you have visited the museum, we would love to know what you enjoyed the most and whether you discovered a favourite object too.
Assistant Director: Visitor Experience & Commercial Development
Chosen object: Writing case
I vividly remember this beautiful object from my first visit to Florence Nightingale Museum. I love the shimmering depictions of fruit; they remind me of a Dutch still life painting.
Chosen object: Medicine chest
The medicine chest is a beautifully designed object, with everything slotting neatly into place. As Florence’s own possession, it also has a terrific historic resonance for me.
MUSEUM ASSISTANT (SEASONAL)
Chosen object: Firescreen
This piece from the museum collection piqued my interest. For me, it evokes the dark woods and heavy textiles of a Victorian drawing room.
Chosen object: Lunchbox
My favourite object from the museum collection is Florence's lunchbox. Every time I look at it I am struck by how small it is and I wonder what kind of food Florence might have put in there!
MUSEUM OPERATIONS CO-ORDINATOR
Chosen object: Staffordshire figurine
I chose the Staffordshire figurines to represent my experience in the heritage sector. I admire the progress of a mass-produced souvenir acquiring sufficient value to be celebrated – and they are lovely objects.
Assistant Director: Learning and Communities
Chosen object: Nurse’s uniform
I chose the Edwardian nursing uniform because it symbolises my love of historical costumes and it also represents nursing history. I can’t imagine having to keep the apron so pristinely white!
Florence Nightingale Actor Explainer
Chosen object: Florence Nightingale Bust
I chose the Florence Bust by John Steell because it was often said by her family to be the best likeliness of her.