Florence Nightingale Virtual Exhibition

We're celebrating Northern Ireland’s nurses and midwives to mark 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale.

A special exhibition exploring their work was installed at the Ulster Museum, just before the Museum had to close due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Click the link below to join our tour to explore Nightingale's impact here and the contribution nurses and midwives make to our health and well-being today.












The exhibition explains how Florence Nightingale had a global impact - by training nurses, introducing hygiene and sharing her research.

Listen to the 2nd stop in our digital tour to find out more. Plus you can hear from Nightingale in her own words at the end of the virtual exhibition:


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Nightingale helped improve the lives of people in Ireland through the work of those she trained. The Pringle sisters are just one example – Angélique, who started nurse education at The Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast; and Elizabeth, who became Matron of a convalescent (care) home in Lisburn.

You’ll find out more in the 3rd stop of our virtual tour:


Care in troubled times










The exhibition shows how nurses and midwives have supported our society through difficult times in the past - with stories from times of conflict, including The Troubles and beyond.

Hear about these experiences in the 5th section of our virtual exhibition:


Helping us stay healthy today

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Our midwives and nurses are at the forefront of research and trialling new ways to improve health and wellbeing. The exhibition also highlights the work of 3 universities here in training and development.

The virtual exhibition tells you more about education and innovation in stops 6 & 7.


Thank you and acknowledgements

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Exhibition produced by The Northern Ireland Committee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation in partnership with National Museums Northern Ireland.  Design by Redhead Exhibition.

We would like to acknowledge the kind support from all those who contributed including:

Department of Health

Royal College of Nursing Northern Ireland

Ulster University

Queen’s University Belfast

The Open University

HSC Clinical Education Centre

Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery

Reserves Forces and Cadets Association (NI)

Royal College of Midwives.