A year to remember

Florence Nightingale was born in 1820 so throughout her bicentenary year in 2020 there will be a series of events to celebrate, both here at the museum and with our partners internationally. 
At the museum we will be focusing on our ‘Florence Nightingale: Leader, Icon, Pioneer’ exhibition.  Florence is remembered as the founder of modern nursing, but she was so much more; a female icon in her own lifetime, a healthcare pioneer, an influential statistician, a trailblazer and a leader. And her legacy still lives on today.
So scroll down to see what events are happening, but do keep an eye on this page as more will be added as time goes on.
Tell us your ideas!
Our bicentenary will tell the story of Nightingale's life and her legacy through 200 objects, people and places. We will discuss the people who have been inspired by Nightingale, the places she worked or the places that were named in her honour, and the objects which capture interesting stories about Nightingale or the people she inspired. As we plan our exhibition, we want to hear from you! Do you know about something that we could include?
- People: we want to hear about people who have been inspired by Florence Nightingale. These could be healthcare workers, mathematicians, architects, campaigners, people who can relate to Nightingale's experience of chronic illness or disability, or anyone else with a Nightingale story. We want to hear interesting stories, not famous names. This could be you, a member of your family, a work colleague or a member of your community. We want to hear about people whose work was inspired by Nightingale, from the Victorian age, through the 20th Century and right up to today.
- Objects: do you have, or know about, a fascinating artefact that tells a Nightingale story? Would you be interest in sharing it for our exhibition?
- Places: what locations should we talk about in our exhibition? Do you know of an unusual location with a Nightingale story? This could be a place named in her honour, an institution founded on her principles, a memorial, a statue or a garden created in her memory.
Please send your ideas to nightingale2020@florence-nightingale.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 27 October.
And come along and join in the celebrations throughout 2020.  Keep an eye on this page as we add more events below, and follow us on Twitter or Facebook so you don’t miss out!

Stay at Nightingale's childhood home

Florence Nightingale was deeply attached to the family's summer home, writing that "it breaks my heart to leave Lea Hurst". Now you can stay in her bedroom too!

Bookings open now.

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Family Corner

October 2019
Florence Nightingale Museum

Just like Florence, lots of children today are excited about the idea of going into the healthcare profession. Bring them along to our Family Corner play zone to dress up, find out what today's nurses enjoy about their job and much more!

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Nightingale Walk March 2020

Florence Nightingale's London

10.30am Friday 6 March 2020
Outside Dorchester Hotel, London

Join our Blue Badge guide to walk in the footsteps of the 'Founder of modern nursing' and discover the life of Florence Nightingale through the places where she lived and worked in London.

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Nightingale Walk April 2020

Florence Nightingale's London

10.30am Wednesday 8 April 2020
Outside Dorchester Hotel, London

Join our Blue Badge guide to walk in the footsteps of the 'Founder of modern nursing' and discover the life of Florence Nightingale through the places where she lived and worked in London.

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Nightingale exhibition

Nightingale Comes Homes exhibition

April 25 - August 23, 2020
Weston Gallery, Nottingham

This exhibition showcases Nightingale and the theme of home. It looks at her Derbyshire background, upbringing, the Crimean War, and subsequent work on health in houses and in institutional settings.

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Nightingale Walk May 2020

Florence Nightingale's London

10.30am Saturday 9 May 2020
Outside Dorchester Hotel, London

Join our Blue Badge guide to walk in the footsteps of the 'Founder of modern nursing' and discover the life of Florence Nightingale through the places where she lived and worked in London.

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Florence Nightingale talk

Florence Nightingale; celebrating her life & legacy

4pm Wednesday 12 May 2020
Riverside Campus, University of Chester

Come and celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday with a tea party from 4pm and a talk about the founder of modern nursing at 4.30pm.

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Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service

Service at Westminster Abbey

18.30-19.30 Wednesday 12 May, 2020
(Doors open 17.00)
Westminster Abbey, London

A commemoration service to honour the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale.

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‘Calling Window’ at Romsey Abbey

New Nightingale stained glass window

End of May 2020

A new stained glass window commemorating the calling by God of Florence Nightingale is to be dedicated in Romsey Abbey.

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Commemoration at St Paul’s Cathedral

Evensong at St Paul's

5pm, Tuesday 27 October 2020
St Paul's Cathedral, London

Join us for Evensong at St Paul's Cathedral to commemorate Florence's life, just as nurses and the public did after her death in 1910.

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International Nursing Conference

Nightingale2020

27 & 28 October, 2020
ExCel, London

Nightingale2020 will celebrate Florence Nightingale’s legacy, put the voice of nurses at the heart of health policy and contribute to the World Health Organisation’s work in the Year of the Nurse.

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