Florence Nightingale Museum
Lonely Planet review for Florence Nightingale Museum
Attached to St Thomas’s Hospital, this small, recently refurbished museum tells the story of feisty war heroine Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), who led a team of nurses to Turkey in 1854 during the Crimean War. There she worked to improve conditions for the soldiers before returning to London to set up a training school for nurses at St Thomas’s in 1859. So popular did she become that baseball-card-style photos of the gentle ‘Lady of the Lamp’ were sold during her lifetime. There is no shortage of revisionist detractors who dismiss her as a ‘canny administrator’ and ‘publicity hound’; Nightingale was, in fact, one of the world’s first modern celebrities. But the fact remains she improved conditions for thousands of soldiers in the field and saved quite a few lives in the process. We can hardly think of a more glorious achievement. An audioguide is included in the admission price.