The Voice of Florence Nightingale

The recording was made on 30th July 1890 to raise money for the impoverished veterans of the Charge of the Light Brigade. The full transcript of the recording says: ‘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 of Balaclava and bring them safe to shore. Florence Nightingale.’ In fact, there are two recitations; this second one having slightly altered wording to the first, which was presumably a practice session.

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Underlying Work: PD 70 years | Digital Copy: Share Alike
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  • Bodhipaksa

    This is amazing. It’s a shame that what’s described as a “full transcript” doesn’t in fact transcribe everything she says. The recording starts with “Unclear Nightingale unclear London, July the 30th, eighteen hundred and ninety.” Try as I might, I can’t make out what the two unclear words are.