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Following Florence

In this guest blog for Bucks History Festival, the Libraries team use online resources, available for free using a Buckinghamshire Library card, to follow Florence Nightingale to see what they could find out about her. You can use your Buckinghamshire Library card to access all the resources used below, and many more, for free at home, using our eLibrary.

Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale. Image courtesy of Buckinghamshire Archives.
Florence Nightingale with nurses at Claydon House. Image courtesy of Buckinghamshire Archives

Why Florence?

This year has been designated as the “International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife,” in honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence’s birth. However, a little known fact about her is that as well as healthcare, she was passionate about libraries and even had a special connection to one in Buckinghamshire.

What’s more, Florence was a frequent visitor to Buckinghamshire, staying so often at Claydon House, the home of her sister Lady Verney, she had her own bed! It can still be viewed at the house today, now a National Trust property. If you fancy your own desktop research project, find out more about Florence and the Verney family connection using Oxford Dictionary of National Biography on the eLibrary – search for ‘Verney’ or ‘Florence Nightingale’ to get started.

Click on any image in the image below to discover how Buckinghamshire Libraries followed Florence...

If you would like to find out where your family used to live you can explore the wonderful history of you, using Ancestry at home for free with your Buckinghamshire library card. Or you could research someone famous like we did with Florence or, if you live in an older house, trace who lived there in the past. Researching the past, whether it is delving into the history of your own family or that of someone famous, has never been easier.

Use your Buckinghamshire Library card to access the resources above, and many more, for free at home, using our eLibrary.

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