Florence Nightingale/Mary Seacole

Explore how Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole helped the soldiers of The Crimean War, through artefact handling, costume and role-play.

Choose Florence Nightingale or Mary Seacole as the main focus. Pupils will listen to the story of that person then meet the second nurse in order to discover that both women used very different nursing methods to help the sick and wounded.

Florence Nightingale main focus

Pupils will learn about how Florence Nightingale looked after the soldiers in Scutari Hospital. Pupils will be immersed in role-play, meeting Florence, a wounded soldier and a very grumpy doctor along the way.  

Mary Seacole main focus

Pupils will be immersed in role-play. They will meet different characters and learn about how Mary Seacole came to look after the sick and wounded during The Crimean War. Pupils will discover how she used natural remedies. They will learn about the prejudices that Mary faced throughout her life.

Pupils will take part in two group activities activities:

  • Cleaning Scutari hospital, washing clothing and caring for the wounded soldiers
  • Looking inside Mary Seacole’s medicine box and helping to prepare a mustard plaster

 

The workshop will focus on

  • How uniforms differed to modern uniforms
  • How Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole helped to care for soldiers wounded in The Crimean War
  • The differences between the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
  • How Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole used very different nursing methods to help the sick and wounded soldiers