To mark Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, we’re recording new oral history conversations with the nurses and midwives who followed in her footsteps. We’d be very grateful if you’d consider adding your voice to the mix.
We’ll create a sound artwork composed of Nightingales’ oral histories with original music inspired by their words. This will be performed by professional musicians in various settings. Sound Observations will culminate in a sound-rich permanent exhibition for Central Hall, at St Thomas’ Hospital (late 2020 / early 2021) and a permanent collection of audio at London Metropolitan Archives. The title of this programme riffs on Florence Nightingale’s notes on “the sound observer” and her particular attunement to sonic details.
Please get in touch if you’d like to share your stories and observations, or to recommend a nurse who you enjoy listening to! We’ll be recording conversations with Nightingales of all ages and backgrounds, either one-to-one or in small groups.
Sound Observations is orchestrated by Marie-France Kittler, deputy arts manager from Guy’s and St Thomas’, and Laura Mitchison, oral history artist from On the Record. Recordings will be preserved at London Metropolitan Archives.
Visual ID: Joanna Layla (illustrator) / On the Record