Virtual Workshop: Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole

Meet Florence Nightingale. It is 1854, and Florence is preparing to take a group of nurses to Scutari Hospital in Crimea. Follow Florence on her adventure as she travels to Crimea and back.

Portraits of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. Both have their hair parted down the centre and lace covering their shoulders.
Mary Seacole, left, and Florence Nightingale met briefly at Scutari Hospital as Mary made her way to the front lines in the Crimean War. Both had huge impacts on the nursing profession. Credits: Mary Seacole Trust and National Portrait Gallery, London.

Topics discussed include:

  • Florence Nightingale’s background
  • How she became a nurse
  • Information about the Crimean War, and how she became involved in it
  • Conditions at Scutari Hospital
  • The arrival of Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole in the Crimea and her background
  • Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole’s contributions to health care, and how they are now remembered



How Does the Workshop Work?

The new workshops consist of two key elements:

  • Individual activities kits for each child in your group .
  • A pre-recorded video made by our knowledgeable teachers.

The workshops can take place in your own room at your own pace – we give you access to the video for several days, so you can rewind, replay, or break up the activities as you see fit.

Most schools find that the workshops fill half a day, although you can spread them out as you see fit.

For a small additional fee, you can add an optional hour of “live” teaching time with one of our qualified teachers. This extra time, which takes place via video conferencing software, offers extra engagement to the day and allows the children to probe further into the learning.


What Activities are Included?

Shown are a small diary, a paper lantern, an employment application, a nib pen, a medal and an herbal remedy bag.
Objects the children will make during the Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole workshop.

As mentioned, each child will receive an activities kit to match the video. There are a few basic supplies such as PVA glue, scissors, and pencils that the school will need to provide, but otherwise the children will receive the necessary materials to make six projects:

  • A diary
  • A nib pen
  • An application to work at Scutari Hospital
  • A medal made of silver foil
  • An herbal remedy bag
  • A paper lantern

The workshop will also come with an information sheet for teachers, which will detail the learning outcomes, extra supplies that might be needed and possible follow-up learning.

How Much Does a Virtual Workshop Cost?

Please visit our pricing page for the latest costings.


How Do I Book a Workshop?

Please feel free to contact us by form, e-mail or telephone. Let us know the week you would like to use the workshop, and whether you would like the optional live teaching time, and we are happy to help.

Since the virtual workshops do not depend on our diary, you may order them at anytime. (But do allow enough time for delivery!)


Do You Offer an In-School Version of the Workshop?

Yes! Our in-school workshop covers much of the same material as our virtual workshop — learn more on our Florence Nightingale page.

Please be aware, however, that we operate in a limited travel area, and mileage (and possibly B&B charges) will apply. If your school is far from our offices, and/or your group is very small, a virtual workshop may be a better fit for you.

Feel free to contact us with questions and we are happy to look at options with you.