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Florence Nightingale Museum saved from closure

The Florence Nightingale Museum in St Thomas’ hospital is to reopen monthly at weekends instead of staying permanently shut.

The museum announced it had to shut after the pandemic starved it of income.

The open weekends, which will start on June 5, have been made possible through a grant from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. They will run for the rest of the year.

The exhibition for the 200th anniversary of Nightingale’s birth, Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places, which opened days before museums were forced to close for the first time last year,  will also stay up for the rest of this year.

The museum’s director David Green said: “We are extremely pleased to be opening our doors again, if only for a limited time.”

“These will be very special, now-rare, opportunities to explore the life of the woman whose name has been used so much over the past year and whose legacy shines through the remarkable work of the health care professionals that have been fighting the pandemic.

“Last year, our big plans for Florence’s bicentenary were stopped in an instant; we hope you will join us as we begin our comeback.”

Museums are allowed to open from May 17 as the gradual reopening after Covid-19 lockdown continues.

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