Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius


01 March 2020 - 17 October 2021

Venue Lotherton

Tags Adult, Community, Display, Exhibitions,

See the Florence Nightingale online exhibition and discover her links to Lotherton. The physical exhibition is currently very limited whilst we manage the number of visitors in the museum in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Explore the family connections between Florence Nightingale and the Gascoigne’s of Lotherton as we celebrate 200 years since her birth in this display.

See newly discovered Nightingale family objects in Lotherton’s Boudoir which include letters, paintings, jewellery, books, furniture and dresses.

‘Inspiration to Genius’ tells the story of how Nightingale, through her faith and family connections, rose to influence and encourage people from all nations.

This includes Tsuda Umeko who pioneered education for women in the Meiji period in Japan and Sir Douglas Galton, Gwendolen Gascoigne’s father, who together with Nightingale helped engineer the design for Leeds General Infirmary. ‘Inspiration to Genius’ has been co curated by the local community.

Aspects of the display have been researched by Holly Megson, who, at 17 years old, is the youngest member of the Lotherton History Group. Holly transcribed some of Nightingale letters which are part of the 2018 Wingfield family gift to Lotherton.

Visitors can also see the exhibition at Leeds General Infirmary which includes the correspondence of Sir Douglas Galton, Florence Nightingale and the surgeons of Leeds, discussing the design for L.G.I’s maternity wing.

Lotherton is one of the 200 Objects and Places included on the Nightingale 2020 website.

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