Florence Nightingale: Did she really want fame?

by Katie Smithson   Florence Nightingale was born into a wealthy family on 12 May 1820. Although having received one of the best educations possible, Florence has been said to have been a typical “frustrated Victorian daughter.”[1] In 1837 Florence believed she had received a calling from God to continue his work. It was not…

What did Isambard Kingdom Brunel do for us?

by Eve Rudge Historians have described Isambard Kingdom Brunel as a genius, brilliant, heroic, and visionary.[1] For good reason too, as Isambard Kingdom Brunel was one of the top engineers this country has ever seen. In a BBC survey in 2002, he was voted the second most important Briton of all time and he is…