Florence Nightingale's letters published online in transatlantic web project

By Culture24 Reporter | 19 August 2014

The letters of 'The Lady with the Lamp' have been digitised on a new US/UK website

a side profile drawing of Florence Nightingale next to a photograph of her in classic nurse outfit
Florence Nightingale drawing and photograph from the collection of the Florence Nightingale Museum© Florence Nighthingale Museum
Over 1,900 of Florence Nightingale’s letters have been digitised in a new collaboration between British collections, including the Florence Nightingale Museum, and the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. 

'The Lady with the Lamp' was a prolific letter writer to friends and colleagues and her correspondence expresses views on a variety of subjects ranging from hospital design and military nursing to rural health services and workhouses.

The new website, which has been developed using open source software, allows users to view the digital images of the correspondence authored by her, in her own handwriting.

“While nothing can match the experience of holding and reading an original letter by Florence Nightingale, having access to a high quality digital reproduction really is the next best thing,” say the organisers.

The model developed for the project, which also includes the collections of the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Collection, is designed to be inclusive, and the project is currently looking for more partners who have repositories of Nightingale letters whether they “have ten, 100, or 1,000 original letters".

The goal, they say, "is to help to share Florence Nightingale with the world”.

Visit the site at http://hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/florence-nightingale/

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Hello..I think I might have a drawing of Florence Nightingale....which looks extremely old on very fragile brown paper....could the museum recommend someone to potentially identify the image...thankyou rex Fletcher
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