Florence the Woman

Medicine Chest, 1854-1856

Display No. 28

Florence took this medicine chest to the Crimean War. It contains medicines such as quinine to treat malaria and carbonate of potassium for fever.

It also contains a tiny set of scales and measures, and a glass beaker for measuring liquids. Many of the remedies in the chest can be highly toxic if taken inappropriately.

Florence Nightingale’s Medicine Chest. 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!