Unpublished photos & keepsakes

A pair of unpublished private photographs of Florence Nightingale – perhaps the last to be taken of the nursing pioneer – can now be seen at the museum throughout October and November. Florence disliked having her photograph taken and images of her are rare so this is a unique opportunity.

The two small photographs show Florence in her eighties, in bed at her home at 10 South Street, Mayfair. They were taken around 1910 by her companion, secretary and assistant, Fanny Pettit using her Brownie camera.

Together with the images is a collection of objects and letters from Nightingale that belonged to Fanny Pettit, including gifts – such as a tea caddy – to her from Florence when she gave up her position to get married. Among these is a letter written by Florence’s housekeeper on 14th August 1910, informing Fanny of Florence’s death the previous afternoon.

These photographs and objects will be displayed by a museum assistant at 10.30am and 3.30pm each day, Thursday to Sunday. No photography is allowed.

We are very grateful to the Tomkins family for lending us these objects.

Included in museum entry price.

Key facts

Private collection objects

Displayed at 10.30am
and 3.30pm Thursday
to Sunday

Throughout October and November

Free with paid museum admission

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