Florence the Woman

‘Notes on Nursing’ by Florence Nightingale, 1860

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The first of its kind, Nightingale’s book ‘Notes on Nursing: What it Is and What it is Not’, was translated into numerous languages and became an international best-seller.

This guide to looking after sick people at home was written in simple, direct language so any reader could understand it. The book includes many practical tips from hand washing, to preparing foods, to how carers should behave towards their patient.

‘Notes on Nursing’ by Florence Nightingale. 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!