Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020
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Nightingale Comes Home: An Interdisciplinary Investigation

This AHRC-funded research project will produce a more complex historical and literary understanding of Florence Nightingale by mapping her family and home connections to Derbyshire, and analysing how her regional experiences impacted her career, attitudes, and writings.

A joint venture between the School of Health Sciences and the Department of History, the project also investigates what Nightingale's life and work reveals about the health history and cultural life of the Victorian Midlands. It is timed to coincide with national celebrations of Nightingale's bicentenary in 2020. 

Click the links to the left or below to explore more about our work - and gain unprecedented virtual access to Nightingale's Derbyshire home by following our panoramic tour of Lea Hurst.

Our project blog is regularly updated with news and research content - please take a look and subscribe for updates!

Click here to download Nightingale-themed driving and walking tours of the area around Lea Hurst. 

And click here to get involved or join our mailing list! 

Arts and Humanities Research Council

This project is supported by AHRC grant no. AH/R00014X/1
 
 
 
 
 

At Home with the Nightingales

Step inside Lea Hurst, Florence Nightingale's home in Derbyshire
 

 

Latest Announcements

The First BME Nurse in the NHS – by Professor Lynn McDonald

In our latest guest blog, Professor Lynn McDonald, editor of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale and co-founder of the Nightingale Society, outlines the little-known story of Kofoworola Abeni Pratt, the first black nurse to work in the NHS. Mrs “Rola” Pratt was an outstanding nursing leader. When the Windrush Empire arrived in the U.K. in ...

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‘We’re in an incredibly privileged position, to be able to care for people’ – interview with Sir Stephen Moss

Sir Stephen Moss is a nurse who has had a distinguished career in NHS management. He spent seven years as Director of Nursing at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary before moving to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham in 1984, where he worked for 20 years. He also worked as a Commissioner on the first NHS ...

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Nightingale and big data – BBC video

Just thought I would share this BBC video from last week on Florence Nightingale and Big Data. It does a good job of highlighting Nightingale’s passionate interest in statistics and evidence-based policy making. The video might also have mentioned that Nightingale went out of her way to generate data where none existed for her to ...

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Writing About Florence Nightingale: Annie Matheson’s 1913 Biography

Our second guest blog comes from Val Wood, a former nurse and nurse educator and supporter of a number of historical and heritage initiatives across Nottinghamshire. Val is chair of Nottingham Women’s History Group. Right: Cover of Matheson’s book, published 1913 by Thomas Nelson & Sons, London. Image courtesy of Rowena Edlin-White. Over fifty biographies ...

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‘Mythical Florence’: Where Does the Lady with the Lamp Stand Today?

In this piece for the AHRC, also published on their blog, Dr Jonathan Godshaw Memel describes Nightingale’s uncomfortable relationship with public representations of herself. Florence Nightingale remains curiously familiar to us today. Whether or not she intended it herself, her fame has lasted well beyond her lifetime. But where do depictions of the Lady with ...

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Leading image: 'Florence Nightingale', background extended of photograph by William Edward Kilburn, c. 1856. This image is released by the National Portrait Gallery under a Creative Commons licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020
Email: nightingale2020@nottingham.ac.uk