Lakeside Arts
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Event Detail
Manuscripts & Special Collections

Florence Nightingale Comes Home

Thursday 29 October - Sunday 25 April
Weston Gallery

Manuscripts & Special Collections


Due to national lockdown restrictions, we regret we must close the Weston Gallery until early December. We look forward to reopening the Gallery as soon it is possible to do so.


Admission free​ – advance booking required
Maximum one Group Ticket per 40-minute timeslot
Group Ticket permits entry for up to six people from a single household to designated timeslot only

Open Thursday-Sunday, 12noon-4pm
Closed Monday-Wednesday


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 work to improve sanitary conditions in homes and in hospitals.

It also examines how Nightingale both embraced and rejected her fame. Visitors can learn of her upbringing in Derbyshire and how her ‘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, and contemporary celebrations of her work. Letters and diaries written by military surgeons, soldiers and politicians, will also show how she was viewed by those intimately involved in the Crimean conflict.

Safety Information

The safety of our visitors, staff and students is our priority. Here's what we're doing to help keep everyone safe, and what you can do to help.

FACE COVERINGS

For your safety and the safety of others, face coverings must be worn in all of our buildings at all times. Read our list of exemptions. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

The number of visitors permitted in our spaces has been reduced. Please follow the signposted one-way routes and respect social distancing throughout our venues.

IF YOU'RE FEELING UNWELL

Please do not visit Lakeside if you or anyone you live with is feeling unwell or have a loss of smell, temperature, consistent cough or loss of taste.

HAND SANITISER STATIONS

Hand sanitiser is available at regular intervals throughout our venues. We ask that you sanitise your hands upon entering and leaving our venues.

INCREASED CLEANING

The frequency of our cleaning throughout our venues has been increased, including toilets and other facilities.

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Protective screens are in place at key touchpoints such as our café and Gallery desk. All staff are required to wear face coverings inside our buildings, except those that meet one or more of our exemptions criteria.

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Curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections and the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Nightingale Comes Home project team at the University of Nottingham. Find out more at florencenightingale.org