Florence the Woman

A Gift from a Sheikh, Egypt, 1850

Display No. 40

This wooden headrest was a gift to Nightingale from an Arab sheikh who she met in Egypt.

The Sheikh was impressed by her courage at travelling down the Nile in a small boat.

 

head rest

Wooden headrest. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

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Exhibits from ‘Florence the Woman’

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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!