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Founder of modern nursing celebrated in Derbyshire

Effigy of Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale lived in Derbyshire for a short time as a child

Preparations are under way in Derbyshire to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of one of the world's most famous women.

The life and work of Florence Nightingale will be celebrated through exhibitions this summer.

There will also be a series of talks in the county's libraries.

The highlight will be a service of commemoration at Derby Cathedral on 13 August - exactly a century after the founder of modern nursing died.

'Immense ability'

John Rivers, who lives in the former home of Nightingale's aunt in Cromford, formed the Florence Nightingale Derbyshire Association this year.

He has acquired a number of figures from the Florence Nightingale Museum in London as well as exhibition boards detailing her life.

Mr Rivers said: "I think it's really, really helpful that we're able to acquire this material, show it to the people of Derbyshire, and it'll be a great opportunity for local people to understand and see what one of their most famous people achieved."

Derbyshire County Council leader Andrew Lewer said: "Florence Nightingale was a woman of immense ability who overcame ill health and the traditions attached to the role of women of her time to change the world of nursing forever.

"She is one of Derbyshire's greatest daughters and we are proud of her legacy."

Nightingale was from a wealthy, reformist Derbyshire family who kept homes in both Derbyshire and Hampshire.

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