Florence the Woman

Writing Case, 19th century

Display No. 118

This writing case was a gift to Florence from the people of the villages near her family home at Lea Hurst, Derbyshire. They wanted to celebrate her safe return from the Crimean War.

Florence took a personal interest in the health of many people from her local community. She paid for treatments, provided extra food and wrote letters to local doctors who replied with regular reports on their patients.

Florence Nightingale’s writing case. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection

Exhibits from ‘Florence the Woman’

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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!