Florence Nightingale at 200

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A bicentennial reflection on the life and legacy of one of Britain's most iconic heroines, hosted on Zoom.

Florence Nightingale was born on 12 May 1820 and went on to achieve a staggering amount in a long life of nursing and campaigning. In this live event our panel considers her life, career and legacy amid the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The early fame Florence Nightingale gained during the Crimean War sometimes obscures her tireless and greatly influential work as a social reformer, statistician and writer. She was also committed to spreading medical knowledge, both in plain language but also as a pioneer of data visualisation with the use of infographics.

The British Library is the home of the Florence Nightingale archive – the second largest personal archive after Gladstone's. At least 14,000 letters are known to survive, along with 147 printed publications, and hundreds of private notes and memoranda.

This event will be hosted live on Zoom. Upon registering, you will receive an email from culturalevents@bl.uk with joining information, webinar link and unique password.

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Lynn McDonald is University Professor Emerita at the University of Guelph in Canada and Director of the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale. She is former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, co-founder of JustEarth: A Coalition for Environmental Justice and is a member of the Board of Directors of Climate Action Network Canada.

Professor David Spiegelhalter is a leading statistician and Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. What would Florence Nightingale make of the way data is being used today? was the title of his Florence Nightingale Lecture at the University of Oxford in 2019.

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty is President of the Royal College of Nursing, and a nurse, administrator, academic, and researcher. She is currently a professor of nursing policy at King's College London, having previously been the dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery. She is the co-author of An Introduction to the Social History of Nursing.

Mark Bostridge is a writer and critic, known for his historical biographies. He was awarded the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography for Florence Nightingale. The Woman and Her Legend. Bostridge's other books include Vera Brittain: A Life, shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Prize and now a feature film starring Alicia Vikander.


Name: Florence Nightingale at 200
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