CURIOSITIES from the world of medicine, nursing and social work, including a hand-written letter by Florence Nightingale, will be available for the public to view when the University of Chester’s Riverside Museum opens its doors to the public.

The collection of everyday and unusual objects has been developed by the Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC) Historical Society and will be open to the public one afternoon a month.

The museum will be staffed by volunteers several of whom are, or were, healthcare professionals who will be happy to share their memories of working in this field with visitors.

The collection was developed when society members Stan Murphy and Colin Jones brought the majority of the collection from the former Deva Hospital to its new home at the university.

Anyone interested in the FHSC Historical Society or the Riverside Museum should contact Roger Whiteley by email: or by calling 01244 511619.