Leadership and Empowerment

Queen Victoria, 1819-1901

Display No. 60

Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. During the Crimean War, she was in regular contact with Nightingale to hear of the state of the British soldiers.

After the War the Queen and Nightingale maintained a friendship. Queen Victoria invited Florence to Balmoral Castle to give first-hand accounts of her experiences during the Crimean War. She also gave this copy of ‘The Principal Speeches and Addresses of His Royal Highness The Prince Consort’ to Nightingale in January 1863.

Queen Victoria. Photograph. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY 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!

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!