On June 11th 2015 the London Eye will be set to a special slow rotation speed and each of its 32 capsules will be given over to a talk by a well-known authority on a famous Londoner.
Florence Nightingale was one of the most famous and influential of Victorian Londoners, but she hid away from the public gaze. The curious might catch a glimpse of her as she rode in Hyde Park in her carriage, but for the most part, she kept strictly to her rooms in South Street, off Park Lane. The people in power – leading politicians, mathematicians, authors and engineers – were forced to visit to her in order to obtain her advice. Her experience of the horrors of Scutari Barracks, the British base hospital in the Crimean War, made her in demand to work on the health reforms that
19th century London so desperately needed, including the design of St Thomas’ Hospital on the banks of the river Thames.
Natasha McEnroe is the Director of the Florence Nightingale Museum. She previously worked for the National Trust, the Victoria and Albert Museum and was curator of Dr Johnson’s House on Fleet Street. Her research interests focus on 18th and 19th-century medical humanities.
To commemorate the occasion Aspall, a family cyder-making business established in 1728, have designed a special 32 Londoners label for their premier cru. Each guest will be served a complimentary bottle during the talk. The historic Riverside Rooms in County Hall will be opened especially for the evening and tickets include a special invitation to the 32 Londoners reception and post-event celebrations where guests and speakers will be able to discuss this singular and inspirational event.
32 Londoners was curated by a Curious Invitation and Antique Beat as a unique experience intended to strengthen the cultural connection of Londoners with the city in which they live and work.
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