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Welcome to our
news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our
Fourth edition for
New Nursing badges public gallery opening at schoolsofnursing.co.uk - Current update.
"When our website was first envisaged (we actually opened November 2007) one of our esteemed members, ('eric') suggested that our photograph galleries, then private, could be made public"...
To Recap: Our 50 fifty (50) pages of 24 badges per page - (1200 photographs) - have come along considerably since the last news page - with much detail being added to the actual labels. Individual hospital/school locations have been (and are still being) added; badge shapes; materials used; badge weights; type of fixings; central design (picture) ; inscriptions on the rear (nurse names/dates/maker marks/hallmarks where applicable); designer/s; manufacturers; number made; and dates first awarded are all salient points in our quest being addressed.
Only small move forward: Last time I said - "This is the start - the catalogue - of our new galleries. Open to anyone who has an interest - and hopefully the start of an increasing number of interested people. More pages will follow quickly - first catalogue completion is envisaged by the end of June this year". But no, again, we simply could not finish in time for this news page, apologies. The best laid plans.... But - we do have the almost completed revision and will be putting the catalogue it online very, very shortly...
The present link is repeated - "By the end of the project we will have a new book on nursing badges. We are already working hard on the content and format. There are omissions. There will be errors. By the end, with your help, we will have a new definitive and up-to date 'Nursing Badges II' (perhaps the title?)". Please, have a second look . If you feel that you can help with details let me know - Heraldry and badge weights are still particular needs. Please remember copyright. LINK HERE
No new articles this time. But more are in the offing for the next news.
The links to all our 52 articles are above:-
Ms Barbara Tyler -
St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 8 (including all links to previous pages) is
We have reached 5000! and only
the end of September. 5250 a possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will
see another magic number very shortly, thanks to our many contributors.
And it is not just a matter of quantity but rather a combination of
quantity and quality. The quality of additions made to the site - both
in the way of photographs and contributions to our forum has created an
irreplaceable contribution to nursing history. We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...
Something very, very special....
No big deal did I hear some say? Not uncommon? Well no Princess Christian's' Amy Nursing Reserve badges are not uncommon, perhaps one might say "Not that uncommon and can still be had for a reasonable price'. What is not common is the identified badge number and memorabilia that accompanied it. A short written précis from the British Army Nurses Website; The original pocked folder (stamped 'Government House Work Party, Pretoria) possibly issued in 1898; and within the pockets the badge of Sister (later Matron) Sarah Alice Claridge; two war ribbons which need identification; two hat or hair pins; three sewing needles (one still threaded); a knob pin; and, superbly, a stick resembling a match stick with a little thread wound on - and a little silver paper - possibly from a cigarette packet.
Words were, for once, well beyond me!! Just who was Sarah Alice
Claridge? The nurse some of whose precious history was in my care. Well,
we have already started the search and with luck and effort we will
discover enough for a complete article. Watch this space....
One main objective in my collecting is to obtain items with which I can claim some direct connection - a strong association with something I would really like. With this next badge I struck the mother lode again! Nottingham. Very indistinct on the Rt picture below but clearly inscribed 'A. Lubilowski SRN 511074. Hallmarked silver -1976 and made by Thomas Fattorini, Regent St, Birmingham.
I did not know the nurse,
but there were many Polish people in Nottingham following WWII - I worked
with one of them - an ex-Lancaster Squadron Leader who, faced with a glut of
pilots after the war, decided to remain in Nottingham and train as an SEN. A
magnificent performance. Maybe one day I might come across his GNC
badge. Now that really would be magic!!
Unlocked doors were not
the order of the day then - in fact every member of Parkside nursing staff
had a regular 'pass key'. I can well remember the day when there were only
two 'secure' wards left - and the results of opening those doors was not
mass 'escape', but quite the opposite in almost every case... It was around
1960 - following the 1959 Mental Health Act. A long time after William Tuke....
dreaming, that you bumped into an old lady
struggling to carry a large box
down the street and no one seemed to notice
or care. When you stopped and asked if you could help her, she looked
at you sadly and said no, it was 'too far...too long ago'... 'But perhaps
if you could lend a penny for the
bus' - 'you will be rewarded'...? And all I had was a credit
card!! - forgive yourself - you
Another photograph from the past
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.
*Sincere thanks to SoN
member and Moderator 'backman' for the photographs used...
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