LondonLife – Florence Nightingale remembered…

May 8, 2012

The life of Florence Nightingale, ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, depicted here on the Crimean War Memorial at Waterloo Place, is to be commemorated at the annual service in Westminster Abbey tomorrow. The Florence Nightingale commemoration service is held “to celebrate nursing and midwifery and all staff, both qualified and unqualified working in these services”. During the service a lamp, carried this year by Claire Gibbs, will be taken from the Abbey’s Florence Nightingale Chapel (formerly known as the Nurses’ chapel but rededicated in May 2010 – the centenary of Nightingale’s death) and escorted by a procession of nurses – this year it’s students from Liverpool John Moores University – to Reverend Professor Vernon White who will place it upon the High Altar. The address will be given by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey. Nightingale (1820-1910) rose to fame for her pioneering nursing work during the Crimean War and established the first secular nursing school in the world at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. The upcoming International Nurses Day is celebrated each year on her birthday – 12th May. Tickets for this year’s commemoration service are already allocated – to apply for tickets to next year’s, keep an eye on www.florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk for details.

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3 Responses to “LondonLife – Florence Nightingale remembered…”


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  2. The Crimean War Memorial was originally unveiled in 1861 but pulled down and moved to its current location in 1914 so the statue to Florence Nightingale and another of the then Secretary of War Sidney Herbert could be added.

  3. artandarchitecturemainly Says:

    I know her museum, the chapel and her brother in law’s home, but I cannot remember the Crimean War Memorial at Waterloo Place. When was that memorial installed?

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