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Lady with
the Lamp

Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum, London (UK)

Florence Nightingale was a living legend. In England she was immensely popular as ‘ The Lady with the Lamp’ – named after the lamp with which she walked her nightly rounds amongst the soldiers wounded in the Crimean War.

Location
London (UK)
Client
Florence Nightingale Museum
Year
2010
Surface
490 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, Spatial design and lighting design
Team
Matt Vermeulen (lead), Mark de Jong, Maaike van Keimpema, Martijn Sas, Vera Wegener
Texts
Kirsteen Nixon, Caroline Worthington, Javier Pes
Museum consultant
Karen Eyre
Project management
Fraser Randall
Build
Scena projects, Paragon Creative Ltd, Colin Lindley, Brittannia Storage Systems, Armour Systems, Quill constructions Ltd
AV hardware
Sysco
AV software
Newangle Productions Ltd
Photography (theatre background)
Anne Katrin Purkiss
Electrical installations
SI Electrical Ltd
M&E consultants
SVM Consulting Engineers
Advice
MLM building control, Earncliffe, access for People, Ian Herdman
The driving force behind the professionalization of the nursing profession

Few know that she was a manager first and a caring nurse second. She was the driving force behind the professionalization of the nursing profession. Miss Nightingale wrote hundreds of books, letters and pamphlets and caused a revolution in health care.
We wanted to present her life and achievements in a modern way.

Important periods in her life

Central to the design are three pavilions that dramatically highlight important periods in her life: her youth, the Crimean War and her later work and influence. A stethoscope enables visitors to access stories and quotes. By hearing her voice – spoken by an actress – one comes very close to Florence. All around the pavilions an ultra-thin light box containing photography and films show the development of nursing from Florence’s time until present time. This kaleidoscopic view continuously relates the story of Florence Nightingale to the modern context.

Awards

FX International Awards London 2010

Museum or Exhibition space, finalist

European Museum of the Year Award 2011

Nominated

International Design Awards (USA) 2010

Interior Design, Bronze