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 …

‘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 …

‘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 …

“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 …

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 …

Locating Health workshop Jan 11 – programme announced!

The programme for the Locating Health workshop at the University of Nottingham (Humanities Building) is now live. It can be viewed via this link to the workshop webpage. The workshop is open to all and registration is free – as is the lunch and wine reception if those tempt you! If you wish to attend, …

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

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 …

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, …

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, …