Florence the Woman

Charles Dickens, 1812-1870

Display No. 190

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic and is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of the Victorian era.

Nightingale was a friend, and they shared a mutual interest in social and economic reform. During the Crimean War Dickens helped to pay for new laundry equipment at Scutari Hospital. Florence gave this copy of his book Oliver Twist to Elizabeth Mary Coleman in 1894.

‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!