Letter digitisation

The Florence Nightingale Museum is delighted to announce the launch of the Digitising Nightingale site.

This fantastic resource makes available online almost 1900 of Florence Nightingale’s letters – for free, for everyone. Florence Nightingale’s thoughts on patient care, hospital design, infection control and many other subjects can be read in her own handwriting from the comfort of your own desk.

The Florence Nightingale Digitisation Project began in 2014 as a collaborative effort between the Florence Nightingale Museum, the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library. More collaborative partners are in the process of joining the Project. Together, these institutions have compiled their holdings into a collaborative database consisting currently of almost 1900 letters handwritten or dictated by Florence Nightingale that for the first time are now freely available to everyone through a single source. This international partnership is a fitting recognition of the work of a woman noted for her global influence.

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Researchers can also search through the Florence Nightingale Museum’s Collections Database

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See how we achieved this

A short film about how we digitised Florence Nightingale’s letters and developed an online resource that anyone can access.

Image and transcription usage policy

The Florence Nightingale Museum licenses the use of our digitised letters, both images and transcriptions, using the following licence: A Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

Under this licence others may share or adapt our letters provided they: supply attribution to the museum (BY); and distribute any derivative work under an identical licence (SA).