Leadership and Empowerment

Scroll of the Order of Saint John, 1904

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The Order of Saint John is a British royal order of chivalry, was first established in 1888 by Queen Victoria. On April 1904, Nightingale was awarded this scroll and the title of ‘Lady of Grace of the Order of St John’.

The scroll is contained within a metal casket and features a large seal attached by a silk cord. The Order of Saint John still exists today, and their mission is to “prevent and relieve sickness and injury, and to act to enhance the health and well-being of people anywhere in the world”.

Scroll with silk cord and seal inside metal casket. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

Exhibits from ‘Florence The Leader’

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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!