On 9 December 2021 the Master was delighted to present a replica Scutari Lamp to the Chamberlain’s Court, on behalf of the Company of Nurses. We were very pleased and honoured that our Sponsoring Alderman, Sir Andrew Parmley was able to join the Master, Upper Warden and Honorary Clerk for the occasion. The picture shows the Master presenting the lamp to the Deputy Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court Laura Miller (pictured far left). The Lamp will be kept and displayed in the Chamberlain’s Court and attention will be drawn to it when Freemen of the Company make their declarations to become Freemen of the City of London.
Also on permanent display and of interest to all nurses is the wooden Freedom casket, designed to hold Florence Nightingale’s Honorary Freedom of the City of London scroll. As she had specifically requested that it should be neither expensive nor ornate, it was made in wood rather than a precious metal. However, it is not at all plain and was designed to look like a temple featuring soldiers and an angel. Florence Nightingale was the first woman to be awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of London and it is wonderful that the Company of Nurses has enabled many more nurses to be Free of the City of London - as ‘Citizens and Nurses’.
Lucy Wheatley, a Freeman of the Company of Nurses, attended the ceremony to become Free of the City of London and was the first of our Freemen to be presented with the lamp by Murray Craig, Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court (Lucy pictured centre). Congratulations! Lucy was accompanied by her friend and fellow Freeman Judy Cook.