November 5, 2018, by Harry Cocks

The Florence Nightingale Project

In case you didn’t know, the History department is host to an Arts and Humanities Research Council-sponsored project led by Anna Greenwood with Paul Crawford and Richard Bates that investigates the local legacy of Florence Nightingale who, as well as having a famous student hall named after her, also did some nursing.  The project aims in particular to examine her connections to Derbyshire and the cultural life of the region.  The website is here:

and the blog of the project is here (hosted by the ever-benevolent and multifarious UoN blogs):

Here is an extract from the blog to get you going:

“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, she visited the nursing institution at Kaiserswirth, Germany.

This letter, to his sister Henrietta Eliza Monckton-Arundell, Viscountess Galway, was written in 1846, at a relatively early stage in his relationship with Nightingale. It is just one of over 200 letters sent from Richard Monckton Milnes to his sister now held among the papers of the 6th Viscountess Galway at the Manuscripts and Special Collections department of the University of Nottingham. (The Viscountess’ papers form part of ‘The Papers of the Monckton-Arundell Family, Viscounts Galway of Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire, early 13th century-1958’, collection reference Ga, which were deposited at Manuscripts and Special Collections by the family)…

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