Hampshire Biographies

Florence Nightingale (1820 -1910)

Florence Nightingale, pioneer of nursing and health care reform, has strong links with Hampshire. Her family home was located near Romsey, she made regular trips back to Hampshire after the Crimean War and she is buried at St Margaret’s Church, East Wellow in the Test Valley.

Florence helped influence the siting of the Royal County Hospital in Winchester and was keen to be involved in the design of the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley near Southampton, which became a training centre for the new Nursing Service and the largest military hospital of its time.

Listen to the voice of Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale remembers 'dear old comrades at Balaclava' in a very short recording made just to capture her voice for posterity. Recorded on wax cylinder, 30 July 1890.

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Edison employee: 'At Florence Nightingale House, July the thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety.'

Florence Nightingale: 'When I am no longer even a memory, just a name, I hope my voice may perpetuate the great work of my life. God bless my dear old comrades at Balaclava, and bring them safe to shore. Florence Nightingale.'
Wessex Sound and Film Archive ref AV121/1

Florence Nightingale seated

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