Two more digitised items have been added to the Florence Nightingale Digitization Project: an album relating to her services in the Crimea compiled by Mrs Shore, possibly her relative, and the manuscript notes of conversations with Nightingale, taken by her relative and co-worker, the poet Arthur Hugh Clough.
The album (MS.5484) comprises of letters from Florence Nightingale, W E Nightingale, Parthenope Nightingale (afterwards Veney), C H Bracebridge and others, printed illustrations and news cuttings including the cutting of a drawing of barracks at Scutari, c.1854, a plan of the barrack hospital, c.1855 and an issue of the Illustrated Times, with a picture of Florence Nightingale on the front from 2 February 1856.
The manuscript notes of conversations with Florence Nightingale (MS.7204) cover various topics including God and the divine will, motherhood, Nightingale’s reminiscences of her service in the Crimea, and more formal dictated material on nursing administration. Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861) who took the notes was an English poet, an educationalist, and the devoted assistant to Florence Nightingale. In 1859, he became a member of the sub-committee of The Nightingale Fund.
Author: Rada Vlatkovic is Archive Content and Metadata Officer at the Wellcome Library.