In the Footsteps of Florence Nightingale in the UK

11 - 16 May 2020
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Follow in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale on a specially designed tour that brings her remarkable history to life on the 200th anniversary of her birth.

This tour immerses you in her life in England, before she travelled to the battlefields of the Crimea and the hospital at Scutari in Istanbul, where the wounded arrived in their thousands. It was the shocking conditions that she encountered during the war that spurred her on in her campaign to improve conditions in army hospitals, which continued throughout her life and helped establish modern nursing practice. In London, which formed the centre of her professional life, hear how she campaigned for improvements in health care, hygiene and nursing. Travel to Hampshire in southern England and visit grand Embley Park, a former home of the wealthy Nightingale family, and the Nightingale family burial site, as well as one of her childhood homes in Lea Hurst in Derbyshire. Throughout the tour you will hear talks from your experienced tour leader, Janice Liverseidge, as well as local experts.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge

Janice Liverseidge is a Director of the Royal Society of Medicine which provides over 400 cross specialty educational meetings each year and is the home of one of the largest medical libraries in the world. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival.  Janice has travelled extensively including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia.  More recent travels have taken her to South America, Burma, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 11 May (Mon) London: Arrive and check into the hotel. Welcome dinner
  • 12 May (Tues) London: Today would have been Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday (born 12 May 1820). To celebrate, take a morning medical history tour of London seeing her London home in Mayfair as well as the Crimean War Memorial. See where her women's hospital stood in Marlybone and hear about the development of medical institutions in her lifetime. In the afternoon attend a Westminster service tom commemorate her life and the 200th anniversary of her birth
  • 13 May (Wed) London / Derbyshire / London: Drive to Whatstandwell Station and Meet with the Chair of the Florence Nightingale Derbyshire Association, Pat Smedley. Talk from Pat Smedley: “The Early Life of Florence Nightingale.” Continue to Nightingale’s childhood home, the village of Lea Hurst, and have lunch at the Jug and Glass Inn. Return to London
  • 14 May (Thurs) London: Visit King's College Nightingale School of Midwifery and see St. Thomas' Hospital. In the afternoon visit the Florence Nightingale Museum with a talk by a curator
  • 15 May (Fri) London / Hampshire / London: Drive to St Margaret’s Church in West Wellow. Visit the grave of Florence Nightingale. Continue on to to visit her home at Embley Park before returning to London. Visit Wilton House and return to London for a farewell dinner
  • 16 May (Sat) London: Tour ends after breakfast; depart or continue with the extension tour to Istanbul

All itineraries are subject to change according to local conditions.

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