Florence Nightingale letters now online

I have just finished chatting to Andy Potter from BBC Radio Derby about these letters. Andy’s programme is on air from 1pm today, and my bit will be some time after 3.

Derbyshire Record Office

Derbyshire Record Office is among seven new contributors to the Florence Nightingale Digital Collaborative Database, a project run by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, Massachusetts.

We hold a small but very rich series of letters from Nightingale to a surgeon named Christopher Dunn, of Crich, on a wide variety of topics. The correspondence has been mentioned in past blog posts, and we are not averse to blowing the same trumpet now – especially as the new site lets you see the whole lot and even browse their contents by subject.  Just as an example: I have looked at these letters numerous times and never noticed that there are five references to a proposed coffee shop in Whatstandwell.  Here’s how to re-trace my steps, should you wish to dip your toe in the water:

  1. Go to www.bu.edu/florencenightingale
  2. Click “search the collaborative database”
  3. Under “choose a…

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2 thoughts on “Florence Nightingale letters now online

  1. I agree – he makes the process quite painless. It was nice to have eye contact for once! I have only previously done a radio interview from the radio cubby-hole in County Hall, which induces the heebie-jeebies.

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