Let’s Meet Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole
Let’s Meet Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. This is a conversation between two great women. As this script was requested by a nurse who is going out to train student nurses in Sierra Leone, the text is not at Key Stage I level. It can, however, be easily simplified to meet the needs of younger children.
5-minute script plus 5-minute quiz.
Florence: But it wasn’t just the war we were both up against, right?
Mary: Right! We both had other battles to fight!
Florence: And you more than most. Fancy being refused as a nurse – purely because of the colour of your skin? Disgraceful!
Mary: Yes, that was hard to take. I mean, just because I was of mixed race – what difference should that make?
Florence: In a sane world, none. But we’re talking about Victorian times when skin colour could still go against you.
Mary: Crazy! Just because my mother was Jamaican and my father Scottish. He actually served in the British army.
Florence: And your mother taught you those wonderful African cures for tropical illnesses. I wish I had had that kind of support from home.
Mary: What? Your parents didn’t stand by you?
Florence: Oh no, I didn’t mean that. I came from a very loving home …
Florence: But it really wasn’t the done thing for young ladies of my background to go into nursing!
Assembly on Florence Nightingale
Assembly on Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell
Assembly on Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell