This workshop not only focuses on Florence Nightingale, but also on Mary Seacole who were nurses during the Crimean War. Florence Nightingale faught against the predudice and restrictions imposed on her as a woman of social standing during the Victorian era, to achieve her ambition and calling in life to become a nurse. Mr Herbert, The Minister of War and a personal friend of Florence instigated her departure with 38 nurses to Scutari to improve conditions at the hospital there. Florence was a great statistician and brought about change to the medical profession by proving her theories on cleanliness and fresh air to be valid. Florence's trip to Balaclava was given the royal seal of approval,
Mary Seacole, who originated from Jamaica, became a doctress and learned about herbal medicines and nursing skills from her mother. As a child, she helped at her mother's boarding house, by treating wounded soldiers and patients suffering from war injuries and tropical diseases. Mary was a successful business women, who travelled the world and encounterd epidemics and took on the task of treating them. Like Florence, she never let predudice stand in her way, determined to treat the soldiers who needed her and impart her knowledge on to the medical profession. Unlike Florence, Mary did not have the royal seal of approval to go to the Crimean War, but paid for her own passage and financed her time in Balaclava herself.
The life of a working woman in the 1800's was a difficult one, but these two woman, had one mission, to improve the lives of sick and injured patients.