‘Shed’ auction raises £18k for Florence Nightingale Museum

TV auctioneer Charles Hanson’s online auction from his garden shed on Friday raised more than £18,000 towards the survival fund of the Florence Nightingale Museum.

The loss of income through the Covid-19 lockdown has left the independent museum facing permanent closure, and though it has raised £85,000 it needs at least £160,000 to ensure its future https://www.artsindustry.co.uk/news/2090-auction-to-save-nightingale-museum.

Among the donated lots sold online via Hanson’s garden shed were

* A VIP tour of Churchill War Rooms, sold for £940.

* A weekend stay at Florence Nightingale’s childhood home, Lea Hurst in Derbyshire: £820.

* A set of children’s nursing scrubs donated by England’s Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May and signed by TV’s Dr Ranj Singh: £100.

* Ballet shoes donated by Tamara Rojo, artistic director and principal dancer of the English National Ballet: £440.

* A prototype Florence Nightingale Barbie, donated by Mattel: £400.

“Charles Hanson and his team have showed terrific commitment to our cause, battling technology glitches on the night to raise an astonishing amount for us” said David Green, the museum’s director, after the auction. “The museum is battling for survival at the moment and tonight’s auction has really helped to raise awareness of our campaign, as well as significant funds. We are extremely grateful to all donors and bidders for their support tonight and also welcome anybody who would like to get involved and join us on our ongoing campaign.”

The museum’s fundraising campaign continues. To make a donation to the Florence Nightingale Museum visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6ws3a-save-the-florence-nightingale-museum.

At the time of the forced closure due to Covid-19, the Museum was at its busiest, in the early stages of a planned year of celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). The inevitable closure curtailed all plans and the continuation of lockdown has put the Museum at risk.

The Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the life and work of the best-known figure in nursing history. Opened in 1989 and sitting in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital, the museum forms a key part of London’s medical heritage. While the Florence Nightingale Museum is closed, its new online exhibition, Nightingale in 200 Objects, People & Places, is open for viewing at http://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/200exhibits.




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