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Uncover the past at London Museums

Published: Friday 12th of September 2008

Visitors to Britain can lean about the life of characters such as Florence Nightingale by taking a look around some of London's museums.

Florence Nightingale made the news this week when it emerged that an unseen black-and-white photograph of her will be auctioned later this year.

The rare photograph shows a 90-year-old Florence at her home in London's Park Lane in the time shortly before her death.

In the picture, the Lady of the Lamp – as she was known – is sitting in bed propped up by pillows, with a vase of fresh flowers beside her.

Florence became known during the Crimean War for her efforts in helping wounded soldiers and campaigning for better hospital facilities.

She worked tirelessly and was instrumental in reducing the number of soldiers dying from illnesses such as typhoid and cholera.

Those interested in learning more about this remarkable woman can visit the Florence Nightingale in London, where dozens of artefacts, letters and books can be found.

Visitors can gain entry to the Florence Nightingale Museum using their London Pass.

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