The London and Boston museums team up to offer free access to an archive of letters, many intensely personal and revealing about the lady often regarded as the haunting Lady with the Lamp. The image of her making nightly ward rounds throughout the hospital with a lamp had made her a national hero.
Florence Nightingale is well known in the worlds of social reform and nursing. Being considered the founder of modern day nursing, Nightingale sought to transform nurse training, hygiene and hospital organization across England through humanitarian practices. She opened a school for nurses at St. Thomas Hospital and published Notes on Nursing offering tips to health service practitioners.
The letters not only touch on the nurse’s life work in medical reform but also reveal Nightingale’s personal nature and touch on her mysterious illness that made her bed bound for several years.