Military Nursing – Florence Nightingale Museum

Have a story to tell about military nursing?  Be part of the new exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum…

From Scutari Hospital to NHS Nightingale, the next permanent exhibition to open at the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, will tell the history of military nursing from the Crimean War to the present.  The Museum is looking for anyone with a story of nursing in the armed forces to represent the diverse experiences of contemporary nurses, their patients, colleagues, families and friends. Find out how to contribute your story below.

Who we are:

The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the world’s most famous nurse. Located at St Thomas’ Hospital on the banks of the river Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament, the Museum attracts visitors from around the world who want to learn more about the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ and her Victorian world. We also examine Florence’s legacy and her influence on nursing today.

About the exhibition:

The exhibition will connect the contributions of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in the Crimean War to the development of military nursing, through the stories of individual nurses from the Boer war to present. The heart of the exhibition will be interviews with military nurses and their patients, representing a diverse range from across the tri-service to include students, regulars, reservists, and veterans. These interviews will provide an opportunity for our visitors to hear first-hand military nursing experiences from war and peacetime.

From Scutari Hospital to NHS Nightingale will open at the Florence Nightingale Museum in June 2023, along with an online exhibition.  A pop-up exhibition will tour community venues nationally.

Tell your story:

Recognising that people involved with nursing and/or the military are very busy, we have created a short online questionnaire to collect stories. It should take around 5-10 minutes to fill out – all written answers are optional so please feel free to skip any questions.


Complete the questionnaire:


In the final section, you can let us know if you would be interested in taking part in an oral history interview – whether audio only or video, in-person or remotely. Thank you for your interest!

Find out more:

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Morgan by emailing [email protected] or calling the Museum on 020 7188 4400.