Our exhibition – update

Our exhibition, ‘Florence Nightingale Comes Home’, which was originally scheduled to open in the spring, finally opened on Thursday 29 October 2020 – only to have to re-close again on the 30th because of new Covid-19 restrictions. In the first instance the closure lasts for 28 days. We are hoping to film a virtual guided …

Congratulations to nurses celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The recently-announced Queen’s Birthday honours list celebrates more than 50 nurses, with particular attention paid to those working in emergency care, infection prevention and control, public health, research and the military. The awards include two new damehoods, notably including Anne-Marie Rafferty, who is part of our Nightingale project’s advisory board. the honours list acknowledges her …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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”. …

Edward Wrench: An Army Doctor in the Crimean War

This blog post is by Sarah Topliss, a volunteer citizen researcher who has in recent months been investigating the Wrench archive held by the University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts and Special Collections. The archive contains some 32 boxes of letters describing Wrench’s life in the Crimean War, Indian Rebellion, and work for the Duke of Devonshire …

Where was Florence Nightingale?: Developing Municipal Health Visiting After 1900

This piece by Dr Pamela Dale, honorary fellow at the University of Exeter, looks at the development of health visiting at a municipal level after 1900. This blog is drawn from Pamela’s ongoing research – if you have information that could help her, do get in touch! [Image: Woman Sanitary Inspector examining young girls’ hair, …

Parallel Paths in History: Florence Nightingale and John Smedley Jr

This guest piece is written by Steven Schmidt, a volunteer history researcher with the John Smedley Archive Charitable Trust. [Image: John Smedley’s Hydropathic Institute, Matlock Bank, Derbyshire, c. 1872. Wellcome Collection.] The central Derbyshire parish of Dethick, Lea, and Holloway is located on the eastern side of the Derwent Valley. Relatively thinly populated today, it …