Ref NoD2546
TitleFlorence Nightingale of Lea Hurst, Derbyshire and Embley, Hampshire (1820-1910), nurse and social reformer
Extent1 bundle (88 items)
Administrative HistoryFlorence Nightingale (1820-1910) is regarded as the founder of modern nursing. She was born in Florence in 1820, the daughter of William Edward Nightingale, born Shore (1794-1874) and Frances Nightingale nee Smith (1789-1880). The family was wealthy, and owned properties including Derbyshire estates, and a home at Lea Hurst where they regularly spent the summer. In 1854, during the Crimean War, Nightingale began working at a British military hospital in Scutari (now Uskudar, Istanbul), where she excelled in improving working practices. She went on to found the Nightingale Training School at St Thomas's Hospital in 1860. Thereafter, she was a prolific writer and social reformer. She suffered from chronic ill-health and did much of her work during the next decades from her bed. Christopher Blencowe Noble Dunn was born in Cumberworth, Yorkshire, in 1836. His father, also Christopher Dunn, was a clergyman, who brought his family to Crich when he became curate there. Dunn qualified as a doctor and was a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1861. He died in 1892.
Custodial HistoryAcquired by Derbyshire Record Office in 1982.
DescriptionLetters, 1876-1890
Related MaterialThis collection is number 39 in Derbyshire Record Office’s “50 Treasures” selection. For more information, click the second link below.
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Organisation TypeEstates, families and individuals
GroupLocal figures
Sub-GroupPersonal papers
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