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.

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
 

 

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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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‘Locating Health’ workshop review

Many belated thanks to everyone who came along to our first academic workshop, entitled ‘Locating Health‘, which ran at the University of Nottingham on 11 January. It was a really great day, and I know I certainly learned a lot from a fascinating set of papers! I have written a review of the event which ...

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“Families coming into hospital are guests in our house, and we should make them welcome”: An interview with Dame Elizabeth Fradd

Dame Elizabeth Fradd is one of the UK’s foremost nursing administrators, and was vice-chair of the University of Nottingham Council from 2012-18. She has variously served as Assistant Chief Nursing Officer (Nursing Practice) for the Department of Health, Director of Nursing and Education in the West Midlands Regional Office, and Nurse Director and lead Director for ...

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The Aqueduct Cottage

Our first guest blog post comes from Ron Common, a Derbyshire resident who has volunteered in the area around Florence Nightingale’s home as a DerwentWISE Cultural Heritage Volunteer. Ron has been championing the case for an abandoned building standing on what is known as the ‘Nightingale Branch’ of the Cromford Canal. You can find out more ...

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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