Many people aren’t aware that Florence Nightingale, world famous as the founder of modern nursing, came from a Derbyshire family. Although mostly associated in popular imagination with the Crimea, of course, and London (where she died), Florence came from the Nightingale family of Lea, near Matlock, and retained strong connections with her family home and the people of Lea.
Florence’s links with Derbyshire are explored in a University of Nottingham project, which has just acquired a new website: Florence Nightingale comes home for 2020 .
On this site you can find out more about the project itself, as well as what researchers have discovered so far about Florence and Derbyshire. There are all sorts of other resources too, including local history trails you can follow, and you can even take a virtual tour around the Nightingales’ home at Lea Hurst!
The project will be going on until 2020, which would have been Florence’s 200th birthday, and you can keep up with their activities and findings by signing up to their newsletter and following the project blog.
Derbyshire Record Office is working closely with the team at Nottingham, and you can also get involved. The project team are keen to make contact with people who have a research interest in the Nightingales. If that sounds like you, then you could become involved in the project as a Citizen Researcher. You don’t need to be an academic, so if you’d like to be involved, they would love to hear from you.