When Florence Nightingale returned from the Crimean War she was a national celebrity, one whose fame has endured to this day. But who was Florence Nightingale and what had led her to the war in the first place?
This exhibition, timed to coincide with the bicentenary of Nightingale’s birth, sheds new light on the Lady with the Lamp. It covers her struggle to escape her family, her efforts during the Crimean War, and her subsequent work to improve sanitary conditions in homes and in institutions such as hospitals.
Florence Nightingale Comes Home examines how Nightingale both embraced and rejected her fame. Visitors can explore her upbringing in Derbyshire, and learn how her much-loved ‘quiet and rural’ family home became a magnet for autograph hunters and sightseers. The exhibition will showcase commemorative figurines of Nightingale, poems composed in her honour, first-hand accounts of contemporary celebrations of her work, and other memorabilia drawn from archives and museums across the country. Letters and diaries written by military surgeons, ordinary soldiers, and politicians, and drawn from the University of Nottingham’s extensive collections, will also show how Nightingale was viewed by those intimately involved in the Crimean conflict.
Florence Nightingale Comes Home is curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections and the Arts and Humanities Council-funded Nightingale Comes Home project team at the University of Nottingham. Find out more about this research at www.florencenightingale.org
Open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Closed on Mondays
Florence Nightingale Comes Home
Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD
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