2020 marks an important year in healthcare and has been designated by the World Health Organisation as International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, who has strong links with the Salisbury area. As part of these celebrations, Salisbury District Hospital are honouring their nursing staff in very special ways, and ArtCare are supporting them with a year-long programme of special events and activities.


Florence – a musical, drama performance

Coinciding with International Nurses Day on 12th May 2020, will be a show devised by Louise Jordan, a local singer songwriter and performer, celebrating Florence Nightingale’s birth and her connections to Salisbury. Louise has received Arts Council England funding to make the show and in October 2019 she visited Salisbury District Hospital to talk to current and retired nursing staff about their careers. These discussions, as well as the historic collections here at Salisbury Hospital and Wiltshire Council’s archives held at Chippenham, will inform Louise’s songwriting and the show. The final show, touring in the spring, will include a special day of performances at Salisbury District Hospital. Find out more about Louise Jordan her on her website.

Confirmed performance dates so far:
1st May 2020 at Salisbury Art Centre
2nd May 2020 at Poole Lighthouse
Further community and hospital dates to follow.

Reusable commemorative coffee cup

ArtCare has designed a new special edition reusable cup in line with Salisbury District Hospital’s commitment to reducing single use plastic. The design uses images from the hospital’s historical archive depicting nursing, midwifery and of course Florence Nightingale.

The lidded travel cup can be used time-and-again and as well as helping to reduce waste you’ll also benefit from a discount hot drinks at hospital restaurants when you bring it along. The cups are available to purchase from Springs Restaurant and Hedgerows coffee shop at £5 each.

blue lidded reusuable plastic cup with historical images of nursing and Florence Nightingale from hospital archive

‘I am Florence’ notebooks

In March, ArtCare are launching ‘I am Florence’, a special project inviting Nurses and Midwives, including students and retired staff to share their stories about life as a nurse or midwife for our healthcare History project. We have 90 pocketbooks waiting to be filled with your thoughts and memories. Contact ArtCare on sft.artcare@nhs.net to take part. All completed books will be entered into a free draw to win a set of three reusuable cups including the new Florence 200 cup (see above).

handwritten entry Jan 2nd 1920

Salisbury nursing through the ages

Join Lesley Self for a talk about nursing in Salisbury, including Florence Nightingale’s links to the city using material from the hospital’s historic archives. For hospital staff. More info

Student nurses pose for photo in uniform with capes


Watch this space for details of further activities soon.


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