Florence the Woman

Moccasins, 19th century

Display No. 115

This pair of leather moccasins is said to have been worn by Nightingale while working at Scutari Hospital during the Crimean War.

They are a curious artefact and raise questions such as where did they come from, why did she take them to war, and if they weren’t hers, how did they come to be associated with her?

Pair of leather moccasins, said to have been worn by Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, 1850-1856 . Science Museum Group Collection © The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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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!

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