Special birthday at stately home

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Claydon House ENGPNL00120120420145818

Celebrate the Lady with the Lamp in a weekend of special events at Claydon House.

Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, had close associations with Claydon House and this year to celebrate her birthday, the property is hosting a weekend of special exhibits, events and activities tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

Highlights include a special display of items and personal memorabilia belonging to Florence, including her diary, a lock of her hair and a silver replica of her pet owl, which will be in place until the end of the month.

The Florence Nightingale Museum in London has loaned four other items including a replica nurse’s outfit, a nurse’s sash from Scutari – Florence’s base during the Crimea War – and a badge the trainee nurses were given when completing their training, recovered from a site that had been bombed during the First World War.

There will also be birds of prey displays, talks and demonstrations about the life of Florence.

Association of Young People With ME will also be there to mark the start of ME Awareness Week.

The house is open from 11am to 5pm on both days with last admission at 4.30pm. Normal admission applies. Telephone 01296 730349 for more information.