The Lady of the Lamp
Like many of you, I remember learning about Florence Nightingale at school, “the lady of the lamp”, who revolutionised nursing practices whilst caring for soldiers during the Crimean War. Whilst admired as a school child, she seemed a remote figure from the past even if she was an honoured historical figure pictured on a much prized £10 bank note.
I have been thinking of her, born 200 years ago tomorrow, on May 12th in Florence, Italy, hence her name. In fact, her family lived in a large house in a village just 30 miles south of Highclere. Taught mathematics by her father and encouraged to read and travel, her choice of a career in medicine was extremely unusual in relation to the normal expectation of a suitable husband and marriage. But she had found a vocation and, in 1850, began worked with Pastor Theodor Fliedner who founded Kaiserswerther Diakonie, a hospital and training centre in Germany which accepted women and from which she graduated in 1851.
Returning to London, Florence Nightingale became superintendent at the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in Upper Harley Street. However, just three years later, when she heard about the appalling conditions endured by the wounded in the Crimean War, she set off with 38 volunteer nurses to Scutari, in Istanbul. When she arrived, despite extensive opposition, she set about assembling a new hospital where she insisted on a precise methodology of decent sanitation with an emphasis on hygiene, good nutrition and space between the beds to try to prevent cross contamination.
I also realised her legacy goes far deeper. Establishing a Nightingale Fund to train nurses, her ideas inspired Linda Richards, who returned to found high quality training and nursing in the USA. She made a comprehensive statistical study of sanitation in India, which led to a lead to a number of recommendations, and wrote hundreds of books and pamphlets which reflect diligence and thoughtful hospital administration. She was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society and an honorary member of the American one.
Understanding the statistics of disease, of hygiene and handwashing, of administration and care in hospitals sounds so familiar today that we take it for granted and forget how ground breaking it was then.
My predecessor, Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, had a smaller but similar experience when she set up her hospital at Highclere during the First World War. Having gained some training before the war in various hospitals, she then plunged into the relentless work that followed the outbreak of war. All her letters and diaries reveal the detailed organisation, the pursuit of good equipment and the best surgeons such as Sir Robert Jones that she utilised, plus her emphasis on fresh air, cleanliness and sanitation, once again regarded as unessential by so many of those in command. An exception was General Sir John Cowans who, in a letter to Alfred de Rothschild held in our archives, compared Almina to Florence Nightingale. This of course was the heart of the book I wrote.
I have sat in the same chairs and rooms as Almina, reading the letters to her from strangers at some of their lowest points in their life, some of whom went on to become friends. She continued after the war when she founded a London hospital in memory of her father which was renowned for its good nursing, excellent food cooked by French chefs, good wine, whiskey offered by footmen and after dinner liqueurs. If only hospitals were like this today!
She loved to give presents to surgeons, patients and staff, she helped save limbs and life and received never-ending thanks and goodwill. Sadly, she used her entire fortune up and failed to distinguish the difference between capital and revenue.
Each woman lived a long life nursing through war and disease and must have found a way to focus their positive energy which perhaps would be handy to understand today. Now, with the global effects of the Corona virus, those qualities fought for so hard by those pioneer nurses have once again been raised into national consciousness – clean hands, social distancing and the need for fresh air and exercise.
Lady Carnarvon, Florence Nightingale and The Countess of Carnarvon, two remarkable women who will never be forgotten for there dedication and loyalty to the nursing profession. Good health to you and your family. Until next Monday. Kind Regards, Cheryl
They were, thank you.
As a nurse (retired), I so appreciate this post. Thank you for your insight into nursing which, at its core, is all about caring for others. This season we are in shows the extent to which nurses and other care givers will go to provide for their patients.
It is a grievous time yet perhaps out of this time we can redefine what our core values should be. Inside the NHS is a heart of gold but all swaddled and tangled up.The care system has the most amazing people but I never understand the overall strategy.
A special memory of two wonderful,caring and determined woman. I am a Rehabilitation Assistant in a hospital and my sister is an excellent nurse, so I appreciate the dedication of these woman (and men) and how they have put their life on the line in recent months. They cannot be thanked enough.
Thank you for remembering Florence Nightingale, as a retired RN she is a special history figure to me. Thank you for the comparison to the wonderful Highclere and Almina. She was a vital part of the war also—very strong woman. I love Highclere and have visited twice. Had a trip scheduled for my 50th wedding trip but— well we all know what happened. I have been able to schedule everything back but that. Told no tours after the first week of Sept. very disappointed but understand. Thanks for keeping Highclere alive each week for us all to enjoy. Thanks again to you and your husband for keeping such a wonderful Alive, well, and productive.
There are tours throughout the autumn – every weekend, and several every week. We run out of hours each day. In the past we might have had weddings or corporate business which sadly cluster people together so are not ideal at the moment.
How I enjoyed to read about FlorenceNightingale. She truly was a pioneer in nursing and its hygiene practices, that are so important…..especially today . Simple practices, but so important. I am a teacher in a preschool setting….
Your story inspired me to pick up your book about Lady Almina . Looking forward to Monday .
Thank you for the photos and for the backstories of such influential women, who still impact us today. Who knows how our legacies will live on for good! Each of us sends out innumerable ripples, which touch others, across the oceans that separate us. Thank you for sending out those ripples, each Monday morning! They are a delight and a help.
This is the time for pooling of knowledge, just as Florence Nightingale reached out and shared her knowledge east and west both to India and the USA ..
Love this Amy!
To Lady Carnarvon, and from one Amy to another, Bravo!
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for such an enlightening and inspiring article.
The clock has just ticked over past midnight, so that in my current location it is now 12th May 2020. Accordingly, a toast to the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
And best wishes to those in need and to all who are in the front line caring for them.
I wish you. Lady Carnarvon, and the Monday Family a wonderful week.
Lets’s toast Florence!! I suppose with a Highclere Castle Gin cocktail !!!
A very good choice.
And a further toast on this International Nurses’ Day to all nurses and those health workers on the front line of emergency services.
Thank you for reminding me of these special people. They are the reason I became a nurse.
Good morning Lady Carnarvon,
With all the time in the world these days, I decided a few weeks ago to vicariously travel to the UK in hopes of making it a reality on the other side of this pandemic. Full disclosure, the Downton Abby fan that I am got me researching info on Highclare in hopes of visiting when I stumbled upon your articles. What a great history lesson I’m getting previsit. Thank you for sharing these stories so eloquently and informatively. You’ve giving me something to look forward to reading each Monday instead of the sad news in the media. I love how timely each excerpt seems to fall.
Upstate New York
Thank you – may I suggest you try the Highclere Castle App too? There are virtual tours and Jim Carter’s voice narrating .. if you have time!! Welcome to our Monday club
I read just this morning that an auction is to be held to help support The Florence Nightingale Museum. They are running short of funds I believe. What a coincidence!
Charles Hansons is the auctioneer.
She was a truly amazing person.
Her love for her fellow Human Beings shone like the lamp she carried.
Today we see that love in today’s nurses who are risking their lives to care for all so very poorly from this virus.
I never appreciated (until now) her advocacy of statistics, followed by informed action..
I enjoyed reading your post and remember being fascinated by Florence Nightingale as a child. My husband has his birthday on the same day as Florence Nightingale’s – part of my birthday present to him is a visit to Highclere Castle this August. Really hoping this will still be able to happen.
I look forward to reading your book Lady Almina and the real Downton Abbey.
Thank you – and I look forward to seeing you!
Wonderful article! Thank you.
I think God must have had nurses in mind when he made women. A woman’s innate need to help, nurture and mend has brought many people help and love in the hardest of times. I’m glad we had Mother’s Day yesterday to remind us of the millions of women who have brought love and kindness to our lives. Thank you for another good Monday morning read.
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Good morning to our Monday Family! I trust this finds everyone doing well.
Your words are so relevant today. Following basically the same sanitation methods today should help all of us stay safe and healthy. In a way, this is the legacy of Florence Nightingale. What a difference she made in our world. All these years later we are still benefitting from her wisdom and determination.
I am in awe of people like her and Lady Almina.
Have any restrictions been lifted in the UK? I pray for the small businesses that are suffering from the loss of revenue.
Blessings to you and everyone reading your blog.
Do you know I have no idea what they are saying – some form of words
We owe much to these brave ladies of the past. Thank you for writing the book about Almina. I enjoy reading your books.
I have my next idea for a book!
Your readers truly look forward to hints of the subject! You are a very talented writer.
Cheers to you and the history you record!
Thank you for reminding us how important these women were to us today. My family & I visited Highclere last summer and I could just imagine the hospital being set up there. The wonderful and much needed hospitality of Highclere must have meant so much to those wounded soldiers.
I am also glad that I did not put off my trip to your beautiful home until this summer for I would have truly been crushed to have missed the experience there.
Thank you and each day is a present – the present
My husband and I had the great joy of spending a day at Highclere while we were in London doing a month long house trade (our 1850′ farmhouse in Provincetown MA for their flat in Hempstead).. I have enjoyed your blog Lady Carnarvon. but this entry retrieving the inspiring memory of the origins of modern nursing practices in the courageous work of “the Lady of the Lamp” and her spiritual descendents was especially meaningful and timely. I am sharing it with friends and former students who bave taken up the noble profession of nursing , many of them now on the very dangerous front lines of medical care in New York City and here in Boston.. Thank you sincerely.,
John McDargh, Ph.D. Professor (retired) Boston College, Department of Theology.
Thank you so much and I loved the collaboration – we need to share to learn – now
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I just finished Lady Almina. I have to say, the detail, research & your wonderful writing style brought the book and the time to life for me. I thoroughly enjoyed delving into each chapter. When the book came to an end, I was saddened & wondered what I can read next that could peak my interest in so many secondary subjects that interested Lord Carnarvon. A chill ran through me when I read he passed away on the same day I was born, 46 years later.
A terrific triumph of a noteable piece of history.
Lady Almina is a fantastic figure to get to know so closely as you described her. She & you have really inspired me.
Please try Lady Catherine next – the real Churchill appears early on
Thank you for reminding us of the wisdom and care of Florence Nightingale. You are correct that her name is known to all through history books, but you have made us know her for the lovely person she was. Also Almina is a treasured predecessor with the same heart for others. What a tremendous legacy!
I had rather glossed by.. no is the time to focus and she was amazing with her pie charts!
Dearest Lady Carnavon! I have followed your blog for months – and I read your articles. This one is for me particularly interesting, because I study women’s biographies. I hope to visit your castle… and its gardens! Many thanks, from Italy!
Thank you so much and I love visiting Italy..
“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.” ~ Florence Nightingale
Your blog-post this morning truly moved me. The Lady With the Lamp has always been one of my heroines and our three daughters and grandchildren know her story very well.
Thank you so much for bringing her to life again and connecting her to all of us during this crisis.
Thank you Denise!
Good morning Lady Carnarvon,
Perfect topic to share on the eve of Florence Nightingales’s birthday. Here in the USA, last week was National Nurses Appreciation Week. I have a few friends who are nurses working on the front lines in Lancaster and Philadelphia, PA – still seeing their 19-covid #s going up. I’m going to share this with them as I believe they will find it quite timely too.
Had to chuckle about your comment on Almina’s London Hospital with French chef’s, wine and whisky.
Yes I thought the exquisite food was fun!
Thank you for another delightful Monday observation. I’ll be tagging my nurse friends when I share. Blessings on you and your family.
Thank you –
As a retired RN, I, too, wish to say thank you for your letter today. Florence Nightingale was a huge figure in our nursing training and it is nice to be reminded of her especially during this time.
I knew her name of course but what an extraordinary person
I assumed that the fictional version of your home included some actual bits of its history. But in reading your inspiring piece about Almina I can’t help but wonder whether the vocation of Lady Sybil arose, at least in part, from her personal story. If you don’t mind my asking, did any of Downton Abbey’s writers discuss the real-life details of the lives of Highclere’s former residents with you? Perhaps it’s no accident that Sybil was the most humane and fundamentally decent of all the show’s characters.
Julian Fellowes and his wife have often stayed here – I think his knowledge give Downton gives a sense of place. He works incredibly hard and has a light touch!
Two very inspiring women indeed. I started my working life in the NHS and remember above all that hygiene and the prevention of infection was always a core practice in caring for patients, together with the need to ‘talk’ to the patient to gain their confidence. This attitude to everyday life has stayed with me even more so now! I miss the personal contact with family and friends as we all do……but one day soon . Thank you for a very interesting piece….until next week.
I look forward to your blog posts each week! I was fortunate to be able to visit Highclere Castle last August with my husband from all the way over in Alabama. We enjoyed the tour immensely! Highclere is a true treasure!
Yes, you Lady Carnarvon, Florence Nightingale, and Lady Almina are three ladies to be commended for your dedication and hard work. I enjoyed readying your book, Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. You are a wonderful and elegant writer! I look forward to your next book! Your efforts will leave Highclere Castle in great hands for the next generation and generations to come!
God bless you and your family!
Stay safe and healthy during these months of the pandemic!
Thank you – have you read Lady Catherine which is the sequel to Lady Almina?
Thank you for this informative history of Florence Nightingale. She was a remarkable lady and I too learned about her in school. She was so important to being a nurse and sanitation for patients and society at large.
Love your stories… and the work you do also.
Thank you Jean
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
It is humbling to think of the immense contributions from those great women whose shoulders we stand on. Their science, intelligence, devotion and persistence transformed medical care and recovery. Thank you for highlighting the history of nursing care in its’ most vital role.
And cocktails in recovery? Highclere Gin at the ready.
I hope you and your family remain healthy and well.
Charlotte Merriam Cole
Patients wrote that they left with much regret! Gin yes! And we have our virtual cocktail party this Friday
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
Thank you for the story of the lady of the lamp, Florence Nightingale. Lovely to hear this, as such an amazing woman. So lovely to have a diversion to the mind from the current situation.
Reminds me of my 2nd Great Aunt Florence Adeline Borrett b1880 who served on Lady Carnarvon’s hospital ship in Egypt in 1915. Although always wanted to visit Highclere castle I was amazed that someone in my family could well have met Almina. We did get to visit several years ago. I will download the app for the castle as looks great.
Thanks for your blogs
Thank you – do you have any notes or photos from your great aunt? That was the Dowager Countess of the time..
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I would be glad to supply the picture of Great Aunt Nurse Florence Adeline Borrett and one of her medals she received. I will have to see what else I have. Not sure how to copy them to you, would by email be best?
email would be amazing [email protected] is a good email address !
Dear Lady Carnarvon’
I sent some information and photos regarding my 2nd Great Aunt. I wonder if you received them ok, may well have gone into the spam folder!. I know you will receive many emails and also a very busy Lady. Just curious to hear if they arrived ok.
golly I have not – one good email might be [email protected]
Thank you for sharing about the lives of 2 ladies that showed the world how women can make a difference. They also reflect on the values that you share with the world in your posts and the public speaking you do.
Special people. thank you
Both of these women showed remarkable sacrifice. So similar to the front-line workers and so many who risk everything to help others. Your Monday writings bring hope to us. Knowing that people experienced hardship and made it through gives us encouragement. “Let all you do, be done in love.”
Of course we will make it through
Your blog was so uplifting and beautiful! Such appreciation. Thank you!
Thank you for this article. I had four aunts that were nurses. As a matter of fact, one of my aunts who was an obstetric nurse delivered me. My mom didn’t make it to the hospital and I was born at home.
How amazing – a special aunt
Thank you for giving history a renewed look at nurses. Nurses have been a chief profession for hundreds and hundreds of years. A very special person is needed to go into nursing it is not glamorous and it is not easy. Thank you for bringing them forward in history to today
As I do not have anything with an ‘App’ – as in no iPhone, no tablet, just a PC – I am wondering where I can find the virtual tours with Jim Carter narrating that you mentioned in an earlier reply? [– may I suggest you try the Highclere Castle App too? There are virtual tours and Jim Carter’s voice narrating .. ] I have seen the very short ones on this site where we get to see you riding, or some harvesting, or sheep, etc., but would love to watch a virtual tour of HC. Look forward to hearing from you.
I do have a phone with some apps – and I enjoy instagram
Good morning Lady Carnarvon and our Monday Group.
For a long time women were considered “the weaker sex” and how wrong that statement was. Women seemed to be rise to the occasion in fields that traditionally men did not i.e. nursing but I have to say male nurses are every bit as dedicated to their patients as women are and every bit as valued. My late mother instilled in me the responsibility of taking care of my fellow man as well as myself and today her words are especially meaningful. A quick phone call to a neighbour to enquire how she is coping, a small box of goodies dropped on her doorstep and a cheerful wave in todays climate of uncertainty does make a difference and it is the small things we do that connects us and tells us we are not alone.
Here in Australia we are “flattening the curve” of this pandemic and fortunately for us our Prime Minister took hard and fast action early on and we are coming through this awful time and can see light at the end of the tunnel. Britain is still suffering and I keep those in other countries in my prayers so Monday Club members know that you are being thought of, small and insignificant in the scheme of things but heartfelt nevertheless
Keep your newsy blogs coming Lady Carnarvon, God Bless you and your family and I hope you stay safe 🙂
Thank you !
Thank-you Lady Carnarvon, as always you have shared a great article.
Highclere Castle and Geordie are so privileged to have you as the lady of the house
I have married a very good man – I am lucky
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
What a wonderful tribute. Thank you.
Thank you. You write magnificent informative and uplifting blogs. What a fantastic and appropriate one in these frightening and strange times. You cheer me up every week. Thank you for taking the time to write such marvellous blogs.
Thank you !
Dear Lady Carnarvon
I am a fan indeed, having read two of your books before I discovered your very thoughtful blog. I fell in love with Lady Almeda, and the work she did during WW1. Here in Australia it is already May 12th and it is International Nurses Day. Is there a connection between this and Florence Nightingale’s birthday I wonder? Florence’s work certainly lives on. Thank you so much for your wonderful writings, things being different in the world, I would have been visiting in June, but that is not to be. I am 85 and although I am fit and well, I can’t say if I will get there in the future, but I certainly hope so. I have already had 10 trips to UK because I just love it, and have traced my own family history for 40 years, so I have chased all over just to be where my ancestors trod, meanwhile, I can look forward to your blogs which take me back. Thank you again for the ray of sunshine your blogs provide to people all over the world.
Thank you and I hope you do come back, during the time of previous epidemics there were no vaccines – I am sure there will be one for this and there are some great researchers in many countries working night and day..
My dear Lady C., that was a very well composed column. Thank you.
I so enjoy the old photographs, the beautiful costumes the ladies wore. Even the recuperating solders were nicely attired, which I always believed made them feel better. Thankyou for sharing the photographs.
Thanks to all the nurses in their day!
Thank you so very much for the reminder of nursing heritage. I am a displaced nurse as a result of COVID and I sinking to be back at work caring for my patients. I love history and cherish the connection I have in this most noble profession.
Dear Lady Carnavon, I so enjoyed your blog about Florence Nightengale and Lady Almina. I am a retired Registered Nurse and studied history of our beloved Lady of the Lamp many years ago while in nursing school. My profession is a wonderful profession a calling to help others. This past week May 6-12 here in the States we nurses are recognized nationally for our dedication and work that we provide to the sick and the dying. It was an honor to care for patients during my active years as a nurse. I am proud to say that I am a nurse. I also have all of your books and enjoyed reading about Lady Almina and her dedication to nursing during WW1. Thank you again for this wonderful article. Have a wonderful day. Stay healthy. Sincerely, Sharon Paz , Williamsville New York, USA
Thank you for all you do and have done
Dear Lady Carnavon,
« Mille mercis » for reminding us the Lady of the Lamp.
Looking forward to read your book.
Thank you so much for honoring those in service to others. I have read as much as I can find about both Florence Nightingale and Lady Almina. Both of whom I have the utmost of respect and curiosity. What amazing women not only for the times they lived but for the legacy left that still today touched our lives. I am a practicing nurse, 30 years and my only profession since graduating, who has been blessed to be a part of the miracle of birth as well as blessed to hold the hand of one on the last leg of their journey. Florence and Almina influenced what I do daily in 2020. What a miracle it would be if what we do today influences healthcare 200 years from now. One can only imagine.
As I share with coworkers and family- wash your hands, cover your cough/sneeze, stay away from sick people or people when you are sick- simple common sense…could use a large teaspoon of this for several today.
P.S. I am so very envious of your being able to sit in her chair while reading her letters. What a dream that would be. History nut and era amazed! Blessings to those carrying on the tradition.
I think of common sense and “nouse” – to have nouse is to have a practical approach.
Dear Lady Carnarvon:
Thank you for your blog comparing and contrasting Florence Nightingale and Countess Almina.
Enjoyed looking at the pictures, especially the beautiful profile picture of the Countess.
Until next Monday, stay healthy.
I studied Florence Nightingale in school as well. A thoughtful reminder of a wonderful woman. I had read – in your writings – about Almina’s work with the ailing and injured. Almina’s efforts remind me of the Downton Abbey episodes when the house was converted to a rest home for soldiers.
Isn’t it amazing how history repeats itself?
I am still watching Downton Abbey. Edith was very helpful in making sure that the soldiers had whatever they needed.
Thank you for reminding us of what happened long ago.
Thank you for the posting today recognizing the nursing profession. My “externship” was during the AIDS crisis; I cared for the 1st female patient in our city. What a humbling experience that was.
The standards established by Florence Nightingale continue to guide care today. The one major change which everyone(almost) welcomed was being allowed to wear scrubs. We all considered that a great advancement!
Thanks for continuing to brighten so many Mondays; I write this on a Wednesday because the week has been so busy. I join with everyone else in thanking you for the regular postings. In this time of grief and loss, your column provides respite from the day’s news and notices.
Lady Carnarvon, in these trying times, Cherish your heart and soul, Pamper your mind and body, for there may not be another chance to walk on the path of life. Kind Regards.
Thank you for sharing! I salute her and all nurses. My daughter is a nurse I am going to forward this to her! They are all very brave women, then and now. Especially with what is happening today. Thanks again!
Excelente articulo!. Un hermoso homenaje, a estas grandes mujeres, Florence Nightingale, Linda Richards, Almina la 5ª Condesa de Carnarvon.. Y en él nombre de Ellas, a todas las enfermeras que que están en el frente de batalla luchando contra esta Pandemia que azota al planeta.
Para despedirme, me quedo con este párrafo de la nota…
.” Cada mujer vivió una larga vida amamantando a través de la guerra y la enfermedad y debe haber encontrado una manera de enfocar su energía positiva que tal vez sería útil entender hoy. Ahora, con los efectos globales del virus Corona, esas cualidades luchadas por esas enfermeras pioneras se han elevado nuevamente a la conciencia nacional: manos limpias, distanciamiento social y la necesidad de aire fresco y ejercicio”.
THANK YOU muchas gracias
Fascinating history on Florence Nightingale and Lady Almina. The photographs are beautiful too. Great example and strength for us to endure these worrying times. Blessings to you and your loved ones.
I cannot say how many times my mind has turned to Florence Nightingale during the past few months. In 6th grade, I did a report on her, nominating her for Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year. It was a distinct jaunt down “memory lane” for me while reading this blog. In middle school, my grandfather gave me a book entitled The Microbe Hunters, written in 1926 in which Madame Curie figured prominently (my grandfather was a microbiologist for the Los Angeles Zoo at the time). I had great aspirations of becoming a nurse (or a veterinarian or perhaps a dolphin trainer). During my further education, it was suggested to me by one of my microbiology professors (a stout woman with short gray hair & very thick horn-rimmed glasses) that if I ever decided against nursing, I ought to try my hand at microbiology. There have been many times during the past 30 years that I have remembered Dr. Bergquist saying those words to me; however, when I chose to not pursue a nursing career (for reasons I will not bore you with here) & began studying accounting instead, it never occurred to my 21 year old self to consider a career in Microbiology. Now nearly 40 years later & living in today’s COVID-19 Pandemic, a part of me deeply regrets that I did not pay more heed to dear Dr. Bergquist. As so many readers here have done so many times, I will echo their sincere thanks & deepest gratitude to you & your family, Lady Carnarvon for opening not only your home, but also your hearts to visitors from all over the world. As an armchair historian as well as an historic re-enactor & avid Downton Abbey (and Julian Fellowes) follower, it is such a treat to be able to see inside the lovely & historic Highclere Castle. I am also friends with Gerald Charles Dickens (whom I met in Ojai California during the decade that he performed his amazing one-man A Christmas Carol at the Ojai Valley Inn). We keep in touch via FB & I was utterly thrilled to learn that he was performing A Christmas Carol at the base of the grand staircase at Highclere just last year!! I have been to England a few times, but have not been fortunate enough to visit your Castle in person; however, through your blogs, cocktail parties & the Highclere Castle app, I feel nearly as if I have actually been!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you and yours good health and my warmest regards.
I enjoyed this blog very much. Thank you for the great picture at the start with Florence Nightingale and the young wounded classy men around the table. I just discovered an email in my inbox from the your British National Archives concerning Florence Nightingale. I hope it is permissible to post a link to an article that I thought might interest you Lady Carnavon and many of your readers of this blog post.
Lady Carnarvon, Your blog is as delightful as a basket full of puppies! Good health to you and your family. Cheryl
Dear Lady Carnarvon,
I would like to take this opportunity and ask if there has been ever a consideration to move the grave of Howard Carter to Highclere grounds?
Considering his contribution to the Egyptology and the close collaboration with Lord Carnarvon that resulted in the discovery of the Tutankhamun’s tomb, one can not help but marvel upon the miserable state of Howard Carter’s grave and general state of neglect.
It would be wonderful if his resting place would be moved and if he could be visited by many people who come to the castle to pay the tribute to the discoveries of Lord Carnarvon that potentially might have not happened if it were not for Carter and of course vice versa.
It would be a wonderful tribute to a man who gave his whole life to Egyptology, and it would be fitting place for sharing the glory of the Carnarvon’s history.
I have included Howard Carter at least in name where Lord Carnarvon lies…
Perhaps the coronavirus crisis will result in better hospital practices in the future.
Before covid19, there were many hospital-acquired infections, at least in U.S. hospitals. Many could have been prevented by hospital personnel remembering to wash their hands between patients.
Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee.
Thank you for all you share! I enjoy your podcasts so much! As a seasoned nurse, and if there is reincarnation, I was Florence Nightingale! I appreciate this post and glad and eager to hear stories of other nurses who make a difference in our world on such a big scale. I look forward to visiting the Florence Nightingale museum as well as Highclere Castle in 2023. My best, Vicki Frizzell