Nursing & Midwifery

St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel, 1870

Display No. 198

Inside St Thomas’ Hospital is a Grade II listed chapel, some features of which date back to the original hospital building that opened in 1870. Inside the chapel is a memorial to Nightingale who established her training school for nurses on the site.

There is also a memorial to Sarah Wardroper, the first Superintendent of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses and someone greatly admired by Nightingale.

Photograph of St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel. 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!