Pioneer and Campaigner

Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948

Display No. 150

Leading Indian Independence campaigner Mahatma Gandhi admired Florence Nightingale. He wrote a tribute to her in the newspaper Indian Opinion in 1905, praising her selflessness and “miraculous” reductions of death rates at Scutari Hospital.

Mahatma Gandhi
by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1931
NPG x82218
© National Portrait Gallery, London

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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!