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Age of the Beard

Unravelling the astonishing appeal of mutton chops, goatees and the most flamboyant of moustaches with a photographic exhibition and season of special events dedicated to the Great British Beard, prepare to learn more than you ever thought was possible about the subject. For example, do you know what a Soup Strainer is? Or a Thigh Tickler? Find out at the Florence Nightingale Museum this winter – if you dare.

In collaboration with Beard historian Dr Alun Withey, the Nightingale Museum will showcase the best of Victorian facial hair, including some bristly soldiers that Florence Nightingale herself might have nursed.

The exhibition is brought up to date with a series of events including beard and moustache trimming and styling in the museum and a quiz to test your beardy knowledge. A Christmas panto – Bluebeard, of course – will provide outrageous hirsute fun for adults only.

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