Florence the Woman

Florence Nightingale’s gold cross pendant

Display No. 116

This gold cross pendant is set with topaz and bright green glass jewels. It belonged to Florence as a young woman. Nightingale was a devout Christian. She was a member of the Church of England, but through theological study and contemplation she developed her own beliefs. She dedicated her life to helping others because she believed that God had called her to do so.

Florence Nightingale’s gold cross pendant, nineteenth century. 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!