Dorset - "The story of Florence Nightingale" - A talk on the 200th anniversary of her birth by Angela Trend
Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society of Dorset for a historical talk about the life of Florence Nightingale.
On May 12th, 2020 there will be many commemorations across the world for the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, including those at Westminster and Romsey Abbeys and at Wellow Church where she is buried. It is very fitting, therefore, to host a talk tracing her remarkable life from a privileged childhood in Derby and Romsey through to the pioneering work for which she is so justly famous. Although best known as “The Lady with the Lamp” by the wounded and disease-afflicted soldiers she nursed during the Crimean Campaign, there is a fascinating story behind this revealing her decision to forego marriage to be free to pursue a career that would not only elevate nursing as a profession but become the first to use statistics to develop policies for Public Health and the practice of Medicine in civil and military institutions in Britain and throughout an Empire that governed a quarter of the world’s population at that time. In due course, her influence extended much further.
This talk by Mrs. Angela Trend has been highly praised. She has spent a working life in education and has a great interest in local history and research.
The talk will be followed by lunch at the Langton Arms, whose hospitality we have enjoyed on a number of occasions.
Booking details will be posted nearer to the event date.
The Langton Arms is an award-winning thatched country pub situated in Tarrant Monkton, in the picturesque Tarrant Valley about 4 miles ENE of Blandford Forum.