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Newly discovered photos of Florence Nightingale go on show

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Two rare photographs of nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale have gone on display at a South Bank museum this week.

To celebrate Florence Nightingale's 193rd birthday on 12 May, the Florence Nightingale Museum at St Thomas' Hospital is exhibiting two miniature photographs of the great Victorian lady.

Nightingale founded her school of nursing at St Thomas' in 1859.

The highly personal photographs may have been taken by Nightingale's lady companion Fanny Gibbs and remained in her possession after Nightingale's death.

Gibbs lived with Nightingale at her now-demolished home in South Street in the last few years of Nightingale's life.

The photographs have been loaned to the museum and will be on public view for just 10 days until 17 May.

"We are thrilled to display these photographs at the Florence Nightingale Museum for all our visitors to enjoy," said the museum's director Natasha McEnroe.

"They are a powerful portrayal of both the warmth and the strength of character possessed by this remarkable woman."

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