Florence the Woman

 Florence Nightingale’s gold watch, 19th century 

Display No. 110

This gold watch originally belonged to Florence Nightingale’s father, and she took it with her to use at Scutari Hospital during the Crimean War.

After returning to England Nightingale was often housebound as a result of ill health.

In 1876 she gave this watch to her relative Miss May Coape Smith, writing “I do not use a watch now, for I am not moveable”.

Florence Nightingale’s gold watch. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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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!