The Florence Nightingale Collection

Florence Nightingale, (1820 – 13 August 1910) was from a wealthy, reformist Derbyshire family who kept homes in both Derbyshire and Hampshire. The family's Derbyshire home was at Lea Hurst, near Matlock. She became an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

She came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers. She gave nursing a favourable reputation and became an icon of Victorian culture, especially in the persona of "The Lady with the Lamp" making rounds of wounded soldiers at night.

William Ogle (1824-1905) was Derby’s first Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a longstanding Physician to what came to be known as the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. Ogle corresponded with Florence Nightingale during the expansion of the Infirmary. Her correspondence to him is preserved in the British Museum’s Nightingale Manuscripts. Facsimiles of his letters to her are held within this collection.

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