Museum situated inside St Thomas' Hospital devoted to the world's most famous nurse. Such was gratitude for Florence Nightingale's Crimea War work that a public subscription raised the equivalent of £2 million before anyone knew how the money would be spent.
Comparisons with the Princess of Wales' fund can be made but in the 1850s the heroine was still alive and she suggested a nursing school.
The chosen hospital was St Thomas' and by 1871 the hospital had opened the world's first non-religious nursing training school.
The museum opened in 1989 in its hidden position. At first visitors found the museum difficult to find but over the years many people from foreign visitors to former nurses have enjoyed the permanent exhibits.
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