Florence Nightingale photograph and lock of hair, 1854-1870

Made:
1854-1870 in England
maker:
Unknown

Photograph, possibly of a painting of Florence Nightingale, and a lock of her hair, framed, c1854-1870.

Florence Nightingale is one of the most famous women in Victorian medicine. Although she is best remembered for her work during the Crimean War (1853-56), Nightingale fundamentally changed the role of nursing in hospitals, and was a key figure in introducing new professional training standards.

In late 1854, following reports about the dreadful conditions and lack of medical supplies affecting injured soldiers fighting the Crimean War, Nightingale was invited by the Secretary of War to oversee the introduction of female nurses into military hospitals in Turkey. Formulating her own theories around infection, Nightingale worked to drastically reduce the numbers of soldiers dying from illnesses such as typhus, caused by poor standards of cleanliness.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A233179
Materials:
glass, human hair, paper and wood
Measurements:
Frame: 170 mm x 132 mm x 17 mm, .16 kg
type:
photograph
taxonomy:
  • human remains
credit:
Wellcome Trust

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