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The Roll Call

…or, to give it its full title, Calling the Roll after an Engagement, Crimea, a large military history painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1874, was so popular as an exhibit that a policeman, ‘poor, hot man’, had to … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Mrs Seacole

It’s a moot point whether the recent acclaim for Mary Seacole (née Grant) as ‘the Black Florence Nightingale’ has actually diminished appreciation for her remarkable role during the Crimean War. While Nightingale found the work that would make her world-famous … Continue reading

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A Witness to the Charge of the Light Brigade

Another account of the Crimean War from a non-combatant. But Frances Duberly came closer to the front than either Alexis Soyer, Florence Nightingale, William Howard Russell or Mary Seacole – indeed, she spent longer in the Crimea than any other … Continue reading

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The First Celebrity Chef

It appears that, in the UK at any rate, it’s no longer enough to be an excellent cook and have a well-regarded, or even Michelin-starred restaurant. What you need are (a) a television series, (b) a lucrative sideline involving books … Continue reading

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The Lady of the Lamp – And Much More Besides

Dr Sarah Preston, the professional librarian of the CLC team, writes: Probably the best known woman of the nineteenth century after Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale died on 13 August, 1910. Her popular reputation was immortalised into the romantic figure of … Continue reading

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