Florence the Woman

Dr David Livingstone, 1813-1873

Display No. 160

Dr David Livingstone was a Scottish physician as well as an explorer, anti-slavery campaigner and Christian missionary. Nightingale described Livingstone as “the greatest man of his generation”. In this cartoon Livingstone has been shown as “unlocking central Africa” for European people.

David Livingstone. Coloured wood engraving, 1870. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 4.0

Exhibits from ‘Florence the Woman’

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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!