Museum Celebrates Dr Flora Murray – Suffragette, Surgeon & Daughter of Dumfries

Dumfries Museum is celebrating the life and works of Dr Flora Murray this Women’s History Month. A Suffragette and a pioneering surgeon, Flora Murray ran a military hospital in World War One with her partner in life and work, Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson.

Flora was born in Dalton, Dumfriesshire in 1869. Since 2022, she has featured on the £100 banknote in Scotland. The painting of Dr Murray which was used for the note’s artwork is on loan to Dumfries Museum from the Royal Free Hospital, London.

Councillor Ian Blake, Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Communities Committee said: “We are delighted to have this brilliant painting of Dr Murray on display alongside her letters to her brother, William, who was the local MP. It is great to see that Dumfries Museum continues to share diverse stories and celebrate the remarkable people of our region”.

On 14 March, there will be a free online evening of talks about Dr Flora Murray hosted by Museums Galleries Scotland with participation from the Imperial War Museum, Dumfries Museum and The Imaginarium. The main speaker will be Wendy Moore, award winning author of Endell Street: The Trailblazing Women who ran World War One’s Most Remarkable Military Hospital (a Radio 4 Book of the Week).

Councillor Jackie McCamon, Vice-Chair of Communities Committee added: “Our museums and galleries help to bring the history of our region to life, shining a light on the individuals and communities that have made local, national and international impacts. Visiting the exhibition or joining the online event would be a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month”.

The exhibition ‘Women of Dumfries: Art, Suffrage, Temperance and War’ is open at Dumfries Museum until January 2024.

You can book now to join the online event on Tuesday, 14 March 2023, 6.30-8.30pm.

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