Help Save the Florence Nightingale Museum

Please donate now to save the Florence Nightingale Museum. 

Nursing, washing your hands and evidence based-healthcare, all pioneered by Florence Nightingale, have become more important than ever before and we’re calling upon our friends and supporters to help us preserve her story and legacy.

The Florence Nightingale Museum is a small independent charity celebrating the life and work of the best known figure in nursing history.  Our NHS nurses are doing an incredible job on the front line fighting Covid-19; we’re here to preserve and celebrate the memory of one of our most loved nurses. Florence Nightingale was one of our greatest Victorians, the founder of modern nursing, a healthcare pioneer and a female icon.  Our collection contains personal artefacts belonging to Florence, including her famous lamp, her best-selling book ‘Notes on Nursing’, her pet owl Athena and her medicine chest from the Crimean War.

What happened in 2020

2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of Florence Nightingale’s bicentenary.  International Nurses Day on 12 May is also her 200th birthday.  In what should have been a hugely important and successful year for our museum, we instead found ourselves, like most other organisations, facing closure due to a world pandemic.

Why we need your help

Under normal circumstances, 98% of our income is earned from admissions, retail and our schools programme which we can’t achieve under closure.  We receive no government funding and therefore have no substantial income stream. We've taken numerous strategic and practical steps to make savings but we still face high operational costs totalling upwards of £20,000 per month which are becoming increasingly difficult to afford.  With no clarity over when we'll be allowed to re-open, and what the landscape for our sector will be like by that time, our museum is at great risk of permanent closure which is why we’ve decided to try and raise roughly three months worth of costs.

It is not an easy step to ask for help. We know and understand that this crisis has put many people and workplaces in financial difficulty.  We know that there are people who care about Florence’s legacy, and we’re asking people to donate whatever they can to keep Florence’s memory alive - even small donations are wholeheartedly welcome so that we can continue our purpose as a museum to care for a historically significant collection and to inspire the next generation of healthcare workers.
Thank you for your support.

Melissa Chatton is the Assistant Director for Learning & Community Engagement at the Florence Nightingale Museum.

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  • Karen Farebrother 
    • £20 
    • 4 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • £5 
    • 7 hrs
  • Shelagh Allen 
    • £50 
    • 7 hrs
  • Imogen Vibert 
    • £20 
    • 7 hrs
  • Andrea Lewis 
    • £50 
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Melissa Chatton 
Bishop's Ward, ENG
The Florence Nightingale Museum Trust 
Registered nonprofit
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