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Sheet of Royal Mail Stamps, 1970

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Florence Nightingale has been iconic figure in Britain since the 1850’s. These Royal Mail postage stamps were produced in 1970 to celebrate 150 years since her birth.

The image shows Nightingale caring for soldiers during the Crimean War. Whilst her work at Scutari Hospital was only a short part of her life, it has remained her most vivid popular image.

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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!