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Nursing Stories

Mary as a trainee nurse, 1970.

To continue the Illuminate celebrations, the Derby Evening Telegraph will be running a special ‘Nursing issue’ of Bygones, full of real life memories and nursing encounters. We are asking past and current nurses from Derby and Derbyshire to contribute their favourite stories, which will be published in Bygones at the beginning of August. If you or someone you know would like to contribute visit


Five things you need to know about Flo…

1.  Florence was a great statistician, she developed the very first pie chart, also known as a ‘coxcomb’.

2.  In 1837 she believed to have had her first calling from God at the age of 17, despite her faith she was passionate about keeping religion out of the hospital.

3.  Florence had baby owl called Athena that she carried around in her pocket

4.  In 1883 Queen Victoria awarded Florence the British Red Cross.  Victoria wrote to her during the Crimean war to show her support.

5.  In 1856, on her return to England from the Crimea, she came home to Derbyshire in disguise, travelling from London to Whatstandwell station as Miss Smith.

Coxcomb by Florence