Florence Nightingale Museum

The Kiss of Light

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”

— Florence Nightingale

To celebrate the International Year of Light, a unique exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum looked at the contentious history of light therapy.

The Kiss of Light opened on Florence’s birthday on May 12th 2015 and centred on the healing powers of light – and its risks. The exhibition showcased a remarkable photographic record of nurses and their vulnerable patients being exposed to both natural and artificial light. Light therapy was especially used for children to combat tuberculosis and rickets in clinics and sanatoria and even in the home by mothers eager to protect their child by exposing them to rays from trendy portable ultra-violet lamps.

Echo helped to bring this unique exhibition to life with an equally unique display. We lined the exhibition space with a continuous, printed and digitally cut black dibond wall. This played with light, text and imagery as well as props to quite literally illuminate the subject.