The Florence Nightingale Foundation


Charity partner

The Florence Nightingale Foundation

The Museum is based in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital and from June 2021 is open on the first full weekend of every month (Covid guidelines permitting).    

Nightingale is known to many as the founder of modern nursing and the instigator of ‘wash your hands’, was one of our greatest Victorians and a female icon in her own lifetime. But did you know Nightingale was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society? That she owned over 60 cats throughout her life and had a pet owl called Athena. And do you know why she was called Florence? 

Visit the Museum to celebrate the life of this trailblazing woman; discover all about her affluent childhood, how she fought - against her parents’ wishes - to become a nurse; her work during the Crimean War and how she campaigned for better healthcare for ordinary people. See the actual lamp she carried which earned her the nickname The Lady With The Lamp, meet her pet owl and see her medicine chest. 

Be one of the first to visit our exhibition, ‘Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places’ which demonstrates how Nightingale’s leadership and campaigning skills still inspire women today.

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