Monday, November 14, 2022

Florence Nightingale Museum

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Florence Nightingale.

Friday October 28, 2022.

With so many museums about a myriad subjects it is often hard to choose which to visit. Fortunately, Erin and Keilyn made the decision to visit the Florence Nightingale Museum, which is in the grounds of St Thomas' Hospital, so is easy to reach. Emma booked the tickets and off we set.

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Turkish lantern.

The museum, although small, is packed with information concerning the life of 'the lady with the lamp' from her childhood through the Crimean War and beyond, with each area of her life in three distinct areas.

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Stained glass.

There were also two family 'trails', of varying difficulty, that children could attempt, where they had to search the museum for specific items or pieces of information. This was a good way of keeping the girls engaged, rather than just looking at the exhibits. There are also interactive exhibits, which allow you to explore her life.

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Florence Nightingale's final bedroom.

All in all It was a fascinating trip around the museum where we all learned a great deal. Like, why she was called Florence and that she owned over 60 cats.

Brief History

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'Athena', Florence's pet owl.

In 1860 Florence Nightingale founded the 'Nightingale Training School for Nurses' at St. Thomas' Hospital. It is here that the museum is located. 

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Florence Nightingale's personal copy of 'Oliver Twist'.

It tells the story of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), from her childhood, through the Crimean and her later years as a campaigner for health reform. 

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Florence Nightingale's gold watch.

The museum celebrates not just her life and legacy, but also celebrates modern nursing.

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Her Legacy.

The museum is open to the public five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 til 17:00.

Florence Nightingale Museum

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