Saturday 12 May

Commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday by visiting Fort Nelson for a fascinating insight into the Lady with the Lamp.

Meet ‘Florence’ in Fort Nelson’s new visitor centre and then take a trip to the hospital gallery, where you can learn about the pioneering work of history’s most famous nurse.

The Victorian fort’s hospital, dispensary and medical facilities were designed using Miss Nightingale’s specifications – making Fort Nelson a highly appropriate site to discover how Florence transformed medical care and saved countless lives.

Examine a replica medicine bag and contents plus tour the newly created hospital gallery. Here, Florence’s work is graphically illustrated by contrasting a bloodstained filthy mattress with a clean, hygienic bed.

‘Florence’ will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be photo opportunities with ‘Florence’ and a cannon from the Crimean period.

The Fort’s visitor experience manager, Lindsay Shepherd, said, ‘Florence is dear to the hearts of many schoolchildren as she is one of the first major historical figures studied in British classrooms. We’re sure that children, aged four to 11, will find this a fascinating and informative visit, and it fits in well with the National Curriculum.’


10.30am – 11.45am
1.30pm – 2.45pm
3.15pm – 4.30pm


£3 per child