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The first movie of Florence Nightingale’s life, 1915

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The story of Nightingale’s life and work has been told many times. In 1915, English actress Elisabeth Risdon was the first women to play Nightingale on screen in the silent film ‘Florence Nightingale’. The film was directed by Maurice Elvey and based on Edward Tyas Cook’s biography of Nightingale.

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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!