Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Florence Nightingale Museum, London

This morning we were up at 5.30 am to go into London, hubby was working in Epsom and so we tagged along and got the train in from there. I can't believe how cheap it is to get the train into Victoria from Epsom with a family rail card-it cost just over £8!! It would cost me more on the bus into town from where we live in Sheffield! And it only took 40 minutes (plus the four hours to get to Epsom from Sheffield!).

We only had a limited time in London so we tried to fit in as much as possible. The girls have really been enjoying BBC1's Call the Midwife series and we've been talking about nurses and in particular Florence Nightingale. My husbands maternal grandmother spent several months researching her family tree after she had fall and suffered a broken hip years ago. She was surprised to learn that Florence Nightingale is in the family tree! A handwritten drawing of the family tree has been up on her wall the whole 16 years hubby and I have been together and the children love telling people that Florence is in their family tree!

Whilst looking in the museum yesterday we also found out that the Bonham-Carter's are in there too!! The girls were so excited to find out Bellatrix LaStrange (Harry Potter) is in their family tree. We are going over to visit the children's great-grandparents on Saturday and will have a look at the family tree again. I love it when we go to see something and it sparks the children's imagination and interest-yesterday definitely sparked a new found interest in all of them.

Above Cordelia looks at Florence's pet owl Athena

The girls enjoyed reading the little info blocks, especially one that said the girls were told by a doctor that they were "suffocatingly" close.
The nurses uniforms, look at the tiny waist!

A tough schedule

Florence's lamp
Learning more about the Crimean War

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