Florence Nightingale and Inspiring Friendships

Join Stephanie Davies for a talk here at the Florence Nightingale Museum about Nightingale’s famous literary friends and the influence that they had on each other and their respective life works. Nightingale’s friends included Charles Dickens, Elisabeth Gaskell – authors and campaigners for social change – and Ada Lovelace, mathematician and daughter of the English poet Lord Byron.

Stephanie will also talk about Lotherton Hall’s Yorkshire connection to Florence Nightingale through family letters and objects from the Nicholson and Galton families.

Stephanie is Community Curator and researcher for the collection of Nightingale family letters at Lotherton Hall, Leeds Museums and Galleries.

To Celebrate Nightingale’s 2020 bicentenary Lotherton Hall are displaying newly discovered Nightingale family objects which include letters, paintings, jewellery, books, furniture and dresses. ‘Inspiration to Genius’ has been co-curated by the local community and tells the story of how Nightingale, through her faith and family connections, rose to influence and encouraged people from all nations. This includes Tsuda Umeko who pioneered education for women in the Meiji period in Japan and Sir Douglas Galton, the father of Gwendolen Gascoigne of Lotherton Hall.

The talk is included in museum entry price and is suitable for all visitors 16+.

Key facts

Free Public Talk

Florence Nightingale Museum

Sunday 23 August

Free with paid museum admission

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