Florence the Woman

Drawing of Embley Park by Parthenope Nightingale, 19th century

Display No. 166

One of the two large homes of the Nightingale family, Embley Park in Hampshire was purchased in 1825 and became their main residence. It’s here that Florence experienced her ‘call to service’ whilst sitting under one of the large cedar trees found on the property. The house today is a privately owned boarding school.

Lithograph after drawing by Parthenope Nightingale. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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!