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St Paul’s Cathedral, London

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Nightingale declined to be buried at Westminster Abbey and choose her family grave in East Wellow as her last resting place. After her death in 1910 the public  requested a public memorial service, which was held at St Paul’s Cathedral. The image shows St Thomas’ Hospital nurses arriving for this memorial service in 1910.

Images courtesy of St Paul’s Cathedral / Photograph. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

In 2020 St Paul’s and the Florence Nightingale Museum were hoping to celebrate and commemorate the famous ‘Lady with the Lamp’ with a Nightingale Evensong in October, but like so many events organised for 2020, this had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

The Evensong service was finally able to go ahead on Wednesday 10th November at 5pm.

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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!