Free with paid admission to the museum; just turn up at 3.30pm and join in!
Florence the scientist
Tuesday 12 February
Florence’s childhood love of mathematics and numbers informed her later passion for statistics all the way to her being appointed the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society. Find out more about her work in statistics and science and Florence’s famous Coxcomb diagram.
Florence and gender roles
Wednesday 6 March
Join us on a short talk to explore how Florence was breaking the gender roles of Victorian society by refusing to get married, instead following her calling to be independent and to become a nurse.
Saturday 13 April
Florence was a lifelong animal lover and it was caring for her childhood pets which gave her her first nursing experience, leading her to the decision to become a nurse. Hear all about Florence’s pets and childhood in this family friendly 10-minute talk.
Florence's legacy in nursing
Tuesday May 7
Florence is famous as the 'Mother of Modern Nursing'. Explore how her legacy influenced nursing and healthcare around the world and continues until today.
Florence the writer
Wednesday 5 June
Florence was a passionate writer from her early years, writing over 200 books and 15,000 letters. Find out about her two most famous works, 'Notes on Nursing' and 'Notes on Hospitals', as well as her novel 'Cassandra' in which she tells the story of women’s struggles in Victorian society.
Florence's marriage proposals
Friday 5 July
Florence received several marriage proposals and came close to accepting one of them. Find out why she ended up rejecting all of them and remained single her entire life, and the outcry it caused among her family and friends in Victorian England.
Florence the traveller
Friday 9 August
Find out about Florence’s travels across Europe as a young woman and how her journeys informed her determination to become a nurse.
Florence and hospitals
Tuesday 10 September
Florence studied the design of hospitals in Britain and across Europe. Bad design, she knew, would undermine the best nursing and medical care. Find out how she influenced hospital architecture across the world today.
Florence and the Scutari Hospital
Wednesday 23 October
Florence gained international fame as the 'Lady with Lamp' for her work in the Crimean War, helping the British soldiers at Scutari Hospital. See the famous lantern she carried, how she and her nurses cared for the soldiers and Florence’s personal struggle to gain recognition among the doctors.
Florence and the Crimean War Soldiers
Monday 11 November
Stories of Florence’s devotion to the British soldiers in the Crimean War flooded home to Britain as her work in Scutari went beyond nursing. Hear all about her work with all soldiers, regardless of their rank, and how she concerned herself with their families welfare in this 10-minute talk.
Save the date
Themed talks: Florence's life and passions
Monthly at 3.30pm (various days)
Free with paid museum admission
No booking required
Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Lambeth Palace Road