Museum Poetry: Half Term

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This week, it’s half-term at the museum and we’ve been busy with families visiting.  I’ve been enchanted by many small faces and their enthusiasm to learn about Florence Nightingale.  It took me back to my childhood and my first trip … Read More

How Clean is Your Beard?

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  We’re all familiar with Roald Dahl’s famous grizzly depiction of Mr Twit and his horrifically dirty face fungus but are beards really unhygienic? We’ve been asking visitors to the exhibition to answer this question and it seems that the … Read More

Museum Poetry: Crimea painting

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This week, inspired by the Crimea section of the museum, instead of writing a poem, I’ve been looking at a painting by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson, Lady Butler.  The painting is, ‘Calling the roll call after an engagement, Crimea’ (also known … Read More

Museum Poetry: The Nightingale Pledge

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This week, I’ve been looking at the ‘Nightingale Pledge’ written by Lystra Gretter and a Committee at the Farrand Training School for Nurses in 1893.  A pledge created for student nurses to recite at their graduation. To contemporary ears, I … Read More

Museum Poetry: A Calling at 17

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I’ve been working in the Florence Nightingale museum since May 2016 and prior to that I worked in bookselling.  I would like to write a poem a week inspired by my experience of working in the museum.  This week, I … Read More

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