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Happy Birthday Florence nightingale!

To celebrate Florence's birthday on 12th May the museum are offering their first 50 visitors some birthday cake. Florence was a female icon in her own lifetime, is one of our greatest Victorians and her ideas on healthcare are still influential today, so come along and celebrate.


Meet Miss Nightingale
Performances start at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm

Come and meet Miss Nightingale and hear all about how she became known as the “Lady with the Lamp”. Find out how she became a nurse, why she went to the Crimea and how she improved the conditions for the soldiers and nurses.


The History of Nursing; talk by author and district nurse Louise Wyatt
12 pm

Louise will be reading an extract from the chapter ‘Lesser Known Nurses and Their Legacies’ from her book, A History of Nursing. This will be about Betsi Cadwaladr, a little-known Welsh nurse who was also in the Crimea with Nightingale.

Louise Wyatt is currently a practising District Nurse Sister in Bristol, combining both her professional career and her writing.  Interested in history from an early age, Louise has, to date, written three local history books and A History of Nursing is her first foray into more general history.  After completing her nurse training at the University of West of England and discovering the museum there, an interest in tracing nursing history back to its very roots became a project and then a book.





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