Nursing & Midwifery

Ethel Gordon Fenwick, 1857-1947

Display No. 140

Ethel Gordon Fenwick was a British Nurse who was the first registered nurse in the UK after she successfully campaigned for nursing registration.

She was the founded the British Nurses’ Association in 1887 and believed training had to be to a recognised standard. Nightingale strongly disagreed as she was concerned that a register enable inadequate nurses to continue working without being questioned.

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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!