Florence Nightingale's Centenary Celebration in London
The new-fangled Florence Nightingale Museum in London is opening 12 May in celebration of the 'Lady with the Lamp' who died 100 years ago, in 1910. Located at St Thomas' Hospital on London's Southbank, the museum covers Florence's life from the time of her Victorian childhood, through to the Crimean War and to her campaigning years.
After undergoing a £1.4 million refurbishment over 7 months, the Florence Nightingale London museum opens up on the birth date of Florence Nightingale to convey the story of this remarkable woman. Across from the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, this is the setting where the initial Nightingale Training School for Nurses was established by Florence.
There are three distinct pavilions at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London; 'The Gilded Cage', 'The Calling' and 'Reform and Inspire' which cover her life story from youth to health reformer. During her 2 years in the Crimean War, Florence fearlessly cared for thousands of injured soldiers, ensuring they received the necessary treatment. However her post-war career of continuously campaigning for better hygiene and training for nurses is how nowadays nursing started and is the lasting legacy of Florence Nightingale.
Within the Florence Nightingale Museum in London visitors can view more than 2000 artefacts together with the writing slate Florence utilized as a child, her drug chest she took to the Crimean War, a catalogue of nurses and her pet stuffed owl, Athena. Stethoscopes are used as audio guides in 'hotspots' and interactive touch screen exhibits create an interactive and visual experience. There are also free art activities for kids along with usual art exhibitions at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London. Also students, academics and researchers can use the museum as a resource centre on Florence Nightingale.
Many of the issues raised by London's Florence Nightingale are still relevant today, which makes this museum particularly interesting. Visit www.florence-nightingale.co.uk
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