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

Painting on silk in mineral pigments, sumi ink and gofun or clam shell gesso mounted as a gaku or framed panel, depicting a beautiful young woman dressed in kimono and hakama with a branch of flowering white plum. Signed on the right side: Horyu, and sealed (Goseda Horyu II, the go or art name of Goseda Yoshio, 1864 – 1943). In the original period frame of East Indian rosewood and beveled silk brocade. Meiji Era, circa 1893 – 1912.

Goseda Horyu II, Portrait of Tsuda Umeko with Plum, Meiji Taisho period.

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

An 1856 bronze medal commemorating Florence Nightingale in recognition of her work in the Crimea. The reverse is inscribed: ‘As a mark of Esteem and Gratitude for her Devotion to the Queen's brave Soldiers'. These were probably made as a souvenir, although Florence herself was shy about her accomplishments and did not feel comfortable with her 'celebrity' status.

An 1856 bronze medal commemorating Florence Nightingale.

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