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YOUNGSTERS can commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday with a visit to Fort Nelson on Saturday.

The Royal Armouries Museum on Portsdown Hill is marking the life of the Lady with the Lamp with a day to learn about her pioneering work.

The Victorian fort’s hospital, dispensary and medical facilities were designed using the famous nurse’s specifications – making it an appropriate site to discover how she transformed medical care, saving countless lives.

As part of the guided visit, children will be able view her medicine bag and its contents, tour the newly-created hospital gallery, and meet the lady herself, as portrayed by an actress.

The fort’s visitor experience manager Lindsay Shepherd said: ‘Florence is dear to the hearts of many schoolchildren as she is one of the first major historical figures studied in British classrooms.

‘We’re sure that children, aged four to 11, will find this a fascinating and informative visit and it fits in well with the national curriculum.’

There are three sessions on Saturday – from 10.30am to 11.45am; 1.30pm to 2.45pm and 3.15pm to 4.30pm. Tickets are £3 per child with one adult free for each child’s ticket.