With grateful thanks to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the Florence Nightingale Foundation was once again invited to ‘Heroes at Highclere’ located at Highclere Castle, home of the ITV drama Downton Abbey. The event took place on Sunday 3rd August and commemorated the 100th year anniversary of the First World War with a day of unity and celebration to those in the Armed Forces across the world who have been injured or who have lost their lives while in the service of their Sovereign and their Country from the First World War to present day.
The Florence Nightingale Foundation exhibit “In the Footsteps of Florence Nightingale” had over 1,000 visitors on the day and followed the development of nurses and nursing from the Crimean War through the two World Wars and on to the modern day.
The exhibit highlighted key nurses throughout history and, by kind permission of Sir Stephen Lamport, Receiver General of Westminster Abbey, the lamp from the Florence Nightingale Chapel in Westminster Abbey was displayed in the centre of the exhibition.
Major contributions from the Armed Forces Nursing Services and many trustees, friends and supporters of the Foundation allowed us to exhibit costumes, artefacts, photographs and books showcasing contributions of nurses and midwives at home and abroad. With several displays, visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to learn about key nurses in history and to see historical medical and nursing equipment. There were also a number of interactive opportunities for adults and children to learn CPR, do quizzes and dress up. It was a lovely day and many thanks to everyone involved.