Florence the Woman

Sculpture of Florence Nightingale’s Hand, 1914

Display No. 155

This curious disembodied hand is from a Florence Nightingale statue located on London Road in Derby. This hand became detached from the original statue due to historic damage. Here we see another example of Nightingale’s famous Turkish lamp being incorrectly interpreted as a torch.

Image courtesy of UHDB NHS Foundation Trust Library and Knowledge Service

Exhibits from ‘Florence the Woman’

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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!