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.

In May 2020, in honour of Nightingale's bicentenary, we launched an online exhibition and series of talks and articles.

Our book, Florence Nightingale at Home, is published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.

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

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Louise Page 1955-2020

This post is to mark the passing of Louise Page, who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. Louise was a prolific and acclaimed playwright, scriptwriter and academic. The Guardian published an obituary of her in June. Louise was a friend of, and contributor to, the Nightingale Comes Home project. As part of her work with the ...

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Ann Milne – A Nottingham Army Wife who Nursed in the Crimean War

Our latest guest post comes from David Stewart OBE, a former head teacher and champion of the Nottingham arts scene and local history. This post discusses the Crimean War experience of Ann Milne, an army wife from Nottingham. Along with previous posts by Darcie Mawby on nurses and Sarah Topliss on Dr Edward Wrench, it ...

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The Florence Nightingale Foundation’s “Nightingale Frontline” Scheme

This guest post comes from Dr Gemma Stacey, Director of Academy, Florence Nightingale Foundation. For more information on Nightingale Frontline please visit https://florence-nightingale-foundation.org.uk/nightingale-frontline-nhs-leadership-support-service/  The Florence Nightingale Foundation was created to continue Florence’s legacy by providing leadership development for nurses and midwives. We have achieved this for many years by providing scholarships which enable nurses and midwives ...

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Project featured on BBC Radio 4 Today and local radio

Our new online exhibition, part of the suite of new content we have launched to commemorate Nightingale’s bicentenary, was featured on the Today programme on 12 May. You can listen to the clip here:   The leader of our project, Professor Paul Crawford, was also interviewed on BBC Radio Derby – you can hear that clip ...

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Nursing Lives in the Crimean War

This post comes courtesy of Darcie Mawby, a second year PhD student at the University of Nottingham working on gender, conflict and identity in women’s accounts of the Crimean War, c. 1854–56. It is based on recent research conducted at the National Archives in Kew. [Crimean War. Women nurses tending wounded soldiers as “woman’s mission”. ...

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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