Just as Florence Nightingale wanted to become a nurse from a young age, lots of children today are excited about the idea of going into the healthcare profession. So we launched our #Nightingale2020 Bicentenary celebrations with a new Family Corner at the end of 2019, where children can dress up as a nurse; find out what today’s nurses enjoy about their job; ‘spot the difference’ Florence made at the hospital where she worked in the Crimean War; watch a short film about Florence and how she became a nurse; dress up as Mary Seacole and lots more! We’ve worked with the nurses at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to help children discover what it’s like to be a modern nurse and the many different roles the field of nursing offers today.
So bring your children along to the museum to try out our Family Corner. Who knows, it may be the start of something great – the first step on the road as a future Nightingale Nurse and Midwife Award winner, inspired by Florence’s legacy – as well as being a lot of fun! Florence is part of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, so 5-6 year olds especially will love a trip to the museum as it helps bring their learning to life.
Children will also love doing the new Family Trail as they explore the museum, discovering where Florence grew up and why she wanted to become a nurse.
We are proud to have worked with The Nightingale Fellowship and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on this project.
Unfortunately the dressing-up section of our Family Corner isn’t fully open at the moment due to Covid 19 restrictions.