Florence the Woman

Dr John Hall, 1795-1866

Display No. 176

Dr John Hall was a British army surgeon and the head doctor at Scutari Hospital during the Crimean War. It here that Dr Hall encountered Nightingale, who he strongly objected to, and called her a “petticoat imperieuse”.

Hall returned to England in 1856 and retired the following year.

Portrait of Sir John Hall. 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!