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Charles Dickens presents a topical chat show about changes to healthcare and medical science during Victorian times. We meet Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole who talk about their similarities and differences. We explore what each of them did to help soldiers during the war. We also find out about the background of these inspirational women and how their bravery saved many lives. Mary Seacole, equipped with healing knowledge from her Jamaican mother, travelled alone to nurse soldiers on the battlefield and set up a rest home for soldiers in the Crimea. Florence Nightingale set up and ran a hospital in Scutari, organising teams of nurses and making significant improvements to hospital care.
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29 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip might act as a stimulus for the children to investigate further the contrasting backgrounds of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. They may draw upon the chat show format used in the clip to present further information to each other. They might use a backstage chat format often seen in chat shows currently to get the ‘real story’ as a result of their research. They could track on a map their route from young children until they made their way to the Crimea and identify similarities and differences. This might lead the children to discover what happened after the Crimean War and if there was any longer lasting legacy relating to the National Health Service (NHS) that we have in the United Kingdom (UK) today.

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