Florence Nightingale Online Exhibition

Introduction

We are celebrating two hundred years since the birth of Florence Nightingale. Her revolutionary work pioneering nursing during the Victorian period transformed healthcare globally. Lotherton has been working with Leeds General Infirmary and The Florence Nightingale Museum on this commemoration of the ‘Nation’s Heroine’.

On 12 May 2020, we marked International Day of the Nurse along with Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday.

In the footsteps of Florence Nightingale

This film by the Florence Nightingale Museum, London, introduces you to the life of Florence Nightingale. It was filmed at Embley Park, Hampshire – Florence’s childhood home.

Nightingale – an encouraging influence

Tsuda Umeko (born Tsuda Ume) pioneered education for women in Japan during the Meiji period which spanned the years 1868–1912.

Barbara Rose records in her biography that, “Ume was especially gratified when Florence Nightingale — as popular
in Japan as she was in England — granted her request for an interview.”

‘I would rather have seen her than royalty itself,’ Ume confessed. ‘I spoke of the future prospects of our [Japanese] women and how their work was gradually broadening out. She said ‘It was quite the same in England forty years ago, women had such narrow lives. Nothing was expected of them by their parents. I am sure it was so with my mother.’

Tsuda Umeko and Women’s Education in Japan, Barbara Rose, 1992.

Florence Nightingale broke away from the constraints of the domestic sphere and her influence extended far beyond the borders of England. Likewise, Ume moved beyond the restrictions of Japanese society to achieve her goals.

Florence Nightingale KS1 Learning Resource

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