Manuscripts and Special Collections

Florence Nightingale Comes Home

Graphic displaying the exhibition title Florence Nightingale Comes HomeCelebrating Nightingale's 200th Birthday - From Home!

In 2020 we celebrated 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.

We have curated an exhibition in our Weston Gallery, which we are looking forward to bringing you from 20th May, when galleries and museums in Nottinghamshire are allowed to re-open. In the meantime we hope you enjoy this online version of the exhibition - where you can read a selection of the exhibition boards, turn the pages of our virtual scrapbook, explore a gallery of Crimean War photographs and learn more about the connection between Nightingale and local landowner and politician Henry Pelham-Clinton, 5th Duke of Newcastle, whose family home was Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. 

We are re-opening of the physical exhibition in the Weston Gallery from 20th May for pre-booked visitors. Please see see Lakeside Arts for booking details, and also follow our twitter account @msslakeside for updates.

Florence Nightingale Comes Home is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and curated by Manuscripts and Special Collections and the 'Nightingale Comes Home' project team at the University of Nottingham. 

Florence Nightingale carte de visite_web versionCarte de visite of Florence Nightingale by William Edward Kilburn, c.1856

From a private collection.



Exhibition boards


When Florence Nightingale returned from the Crimean War she was a national celebrity, one whose fame has endured to this day. But who was Florence Nightingale and what had led her to the war in the first place?

Six exhibition boards will be on display in the Gallery, detailing aspects of Nightingale's life and work. For those who want to read ahead three of the boards can be viewed here:

Florence Nightingale Comes Home PDF format

A Derbyshire Family PDF format

Health at Home PDF format

Crimean War Photographs

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View our gallery of photographs from the Crimean War

James Robertson (1813-1888) was an English photographer and coin engraver. He lived in Constantinople and opened a studio there in 1854 along with his partner, his brother-in-law Felice Beato (1832-1909). 

Robertson and Felice Beato travelled to the Crimea together and photographed the scenes of devastation after the fall of Sevastopol on 9 September 1855. Their work became well known through engravings of these war photographs, printed in magazines such as 'The Illustrated London News'. Examples of original prints survive in various libraries, museums and archives.

Our collection of 37 images are available to view on our digital gallery. 


Turn the Pages


Exhibition guided tour

Join exhibition curators Richard Bates and Hayley Cotterill for a guided tour of the 'Florence Nightingale Comes Home' exhibition. 




Nightingale's Legacy

Professor Paul Crawford reflects on Florence Nightingale's continuing relevance.




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