In the Footsteps of Florence Nightingale in the UK - Jon Baines Tours

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

Until recently Janice Liverseidge was a Director at The Royal Society of Medicine and is now a full time guide and in her spare time a trustee of both the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the London Handel Festival. 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, and has led highly successful RSM tours to Vietnam and Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Cuba and China.

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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 Marlyebone and hear about the development of medical institutions in her lifetime. Visit Piccadilly and Fortnum and Mason's where she purchased her beef tea and Floris where she purchased her perfume. Travel to Parliament Square where the service of commemoration is taking place at Westminster Abbey.*
  • 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 / Hampshire / London: Drive to Wilton House, the former home of Sidney Herbert, the government minister who was instrumental in assisting Nightingale during and after the Crimean War. Continue 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.
  • 15 May (Fri) London: Panoramic bus tour of London, visiting the Strand, St. Paul's Cathedral, the statue of Florence Nightingale, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. In the afternoon see St. Thomas' Hospital before visiting the Florence Nightingale Museum with a talk by a curator on Nightingale's Legacy. 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.

* There will be a commemoration service on the 12th at Westminster Abbey. Tickets are available via ballot at a later date

** Embley Park is a working school and visits here are at their discretion

Tour cost

$1998.00 per person ( ground only excluding International flights and airport transfers)

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