Lakeside Arts
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Lakeside Arts

Photograph of seated Florence Nightingale on brown background


When Florence Nightingale returned from the Crimean War she was a national celebrity, one whose fame has endured to this day. Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham planned the Florence Nightingale Comes Home exhibition to coincide with the bicentenary of Nightingale's birth. Instead, while we are closed, the archives have remain open to bring parts of this exhibition online to you to showcase her life, work and the honour she received from those she knew.   

Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is famously the 'Lady with the Lamp', the nurse everyone can name. From the moment in 1854 that she set sail to lead the British army’s nursing operation in the Crimean War, she has been a semi-mythical figure: immortalised in print, image, statues, buildings and memorabilia.

Paul Crawford, Professor of Health Humanities at the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, discusses the exhibition. Florence Nightingale Comes Home:

Learn more about the Florence Nightingale Comes Home exhibition by visiting the University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections website here.

Panorama image of inside Lakeside's Weston Gallery. Image, cabinets and posters on surrounding walls with central exhibition stand.