Although small, the museum is cleverly divided into threes sections.
The first tells the early family life of Florence and her sister Parthenope, exploring their upbringing and how, against the odds, Florence pursued her “calling” to become a nurse.
The second sections explores Florence’s commission to head up a team of nurses going to Scutari, during the Crimean war “The Lady with the Lamp . And the final section looks at Florence’s return to the UK and her unrelenting work as a social reformer and so much more.
Each section has six or more audio guides dotted around interesting artefacts as well as little “spy holes” through hedging to see photographs and drawings (can’t really explain, you will just have to go see for yourself!)
Do find time to see the other heroes of the Crimean War and First World War, including Edith Cavell, a nurse who managed to save 200 prisoners of war escape, with the aid of her trusty dog, Jack. This year marks the centenary of her death.
Also Mary Seacole, a Jamaican born nurse, who, after her offer of assistance was refused by the war office, set off independently to the front line to offer “succour for wounded servicemen on the battlefield.”
Did you know funds are being raised to create a memorial statue of Mary Seacole at St Thomas’s hospital?
Also, in 2015 a competition called Kings Cross 1-10,000, chose “Mary Seacole Street” as one of 34 short listed out of 10,000 suggestions for their new road names!
Florence Nightingale Museum
2 Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7EW
Cost Adult: £7