Florence the Woman

Scutari Hospital, Turkey

Display No. 71

During the Crimean War Scutari Barracks was converted into a British military hospital, known as Scutari Hospital. The inadequate building was not designed to cope with the thousands of sick and injured soldiers who were placed there for medical care.

When Nightingale arrived with her part of nurses in 1854 she was horrified by the filthy conditions and the suffering which she encountered. Her work at Scutari Hospital not only made her famous, but gave her a burning desire to improve hospitals and healthcare provision to try and prevent such avoidable suffering from happening again.

Lithograph from a drawing by William Simpson ‘A Ward in the Hospital at Scutari’. 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!