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‘Precious Relics’: Hair Jewellery and the Victorians

This evening talk at the Florence Nightingale Museum is part of The Age of the Beard season of events, generously funded by the Wellcome Trust and looks into the Victorian’s slightly peculiar enthusiasm for wearing jewelry containing human hair.

Everyone, it seems - from Queen Victoria herself to Florence Nightingale and the serving men of the Crimea - understood the ‘sacred worth’ of a lock of hair from the head of a loved one.

Drawing on material in the Florence Nightingale Museum and other public and private collections, artist Jane Wildgoose considers a wealth of intricately crafted watch-chains, lockets, necklaces, bracelets and rings containing human hair, and the ways in which these ‘precious relics’ spoke of ties of love, kinship, and loss during the Victorian era.

Admission price for all talks £8.00 (Members of the Florence Nightingale Museum FREE) and includes a glass of wine and a chance to view the museum. The talk starts at 6.30pm, doors open at 6pm.

DISCOVER FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM

WHO WAS THE REAL LADY WITH THE LAMP?

Travel through three pavilions to relive Florence’s childhood, understand her experiences in the Crimean War and discover how she pioneered modern nursing practice. Her story is brought to life through unique collections, interactive displays and art installations

Located within St Thomas’ Hospital, just off Westminster Bridge, the museum was opened in 1989 and now forms a key part of London’s medical heritage. The collection consists of personal material associated with Florence Nightingale, items relating to the Crimean War and nursing artefacts. The museum archives include approximately 800 letters from Florence Nightingale and an important rare book collection of 284 titles.

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Florence Nightingale Museum

St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW