Florence the Woman

Model of Florence Nightingale’s Carriage, 19th century

Display No. 120

Following an accident Nightingale had in a mule cart in the Crimea, Colonel William McMurdo of the Land Transport Corps provided Nightingale with a sturdy Russian carriage. This model of Florence’s carriage is just one example of the wide range of Nightingale memorabilia which was created and purchased by her many admirers in Victorian Britain.

The original carriage survives today and visitors can see it at Claydon House.

Image courtesy of National Army Museum, London and Claydon Estate. 

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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!