Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale, Europe, 1820-1910

Made:
1820-1910 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale. Overhead view of whole object against dark grey graduated background
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Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale. Overhead view of whole object against dark grey graduated background
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale. Detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale. Detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale. Detail view of object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale. Front view of object whole object against graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Silk shawl belonging to Florence Nightingale

Nightingale was often called the ‘Angel of the Crimea’ for her work during the Crimean War (1853-1856), reforming the hospital at Scutari, Turkey. During the war, more soldiers were dying of water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhus than from battle-inflicted wounds. Nightingale was believed to have dramatically reduced the death rates of soldiers from 40% to 2% in two years. She enforced cleanliness and special diets, and improved the hospital’s day-to-day running.

Recent research suggests the increase in survival rates was mainly due to improved sewage and ventilation systems rather than nursing standards. However, despite Nightingale’s mistaken belief that foul-smelling air-borne ‘miasmas’ caused infection, her improvement of hygiene standards helped reduce deaths. Florence Nightingale later established nursing as a modern profession.

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Category:
Wellcome (general)
Object Number:
A87224
type:
shawl
credit:
Cawston, M.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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