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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.

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

Paul Crawford’s piece for The Conversation

Here’s a link to a piece published by Professor Paul Crawford, who heads the current Nightingale project, a few years back. It shows how Nightingale’s compassionate and humanist approach to healthcare is in danger of being lost in today’s fixation on metrics, targets and production-line methodologies. https://theconversation.com/florence-nightingale-carried-the-lamp-but-modern-nurses-carry-the-can-25114

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Welcome to the Nightingale Comes Home Project Blog

Welcome to our project blog! We will use this blog to reflect on some of our research activities and findings, as well as to announce project news. To find out more about our project, please visit the project website. We welcome guest blogs on topics related to Nightingale and nursing, health, industrial and cultural history in Derbyshire and ...

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Call for Papers: Locating Health: Regional Historical Perspectives on Human Care, 1800-1948

Locating Health: Regional Historical Perspectives on Human Care, 1800-1948 We are delighted to announce the first of a series of project workshops. This will be held at the University of Nottingham, Friday 11 January 2019, 10.00 – 16.00. This one-day workshop seeks to bring together researchers with an interest in the history and representations of healthcare, ...

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William Nightingale’s ‘Domesday Book’

This volume, dated 1825, was produced either by, or for, William Edward Nightingale (born William Shore), Florence’s father. It was most likely drawn up in the early 1820s. In 1815, William had assumed possession of a considerable estate of land, bestowed on him in the will of the eccentric Derbyshire industrialist Peter Nightingale, his uncle, ...

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The Suitor and the Sister

Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885), a poet and politician, was the person that Florence Nightingale came closest to marrying. Her decision to reject him in 1849 led to a prolonged period of soul-searching, one that continued during a voyage to Egypt and Greece in 1850, and only began to be resolved when, on the way back, ...

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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