Florence Nightingale photograph and lock of hair, 1854-1870

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.


Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
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paper, wood, glass and human hair
Frame: 170 mm x 132 mm x 17 mm, .16 kg
human hair, photograph and human remains
Wellcome Trust