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Welcome to our forty-eighth news page here at Schools of Nursing. This is
our second issue this year - 2019.
Once again this issue has been difficult for us - personal injury combined with several technical problems have delayed us
again. Much preparatory
work also always takes place in the background - researching possible content;
collating (and sometimes writing) articles; grammar and spell checking; plus
preparing photographs, obtaining permissions where appropriate and a whole
myriad of activities before we even get around to things like layout. We do
our best and acknowledge our occasional shortcomings!|
And we do have one or two, although we try hard to pretend otherwise.... Please - if you see errors, just say so, no offence will be taken!!
The article links in this column - Two from Will B - 'Badge Manufacturers' and 'Nurse belts & buckles & Badges' one from Sue in progress (Ann Braddick) are below.
1. Badge manufacturers and their Maker Marks. (New) Link.
The Nursing badges public gallery
3. Mike's 'myk1066' gallery - 17)pages of 24 badges
per page and 34 pages - (816 photographs) *with more in progress.
In short, everyone who has agreed to our publishing a public gallery will have one - using their own photographs wherever possible. We must surely have a copy of almost every UK nursing/hospital badge ever produced.
Click a badge photograph to see the single page! The links can take you back and forward - a page at a time (24 badges per page) - for all 1310 pages if you like. Or go to the 'Gallery Start" page at the bottom of any individual badge to get back to the numbered 24 badge page. Sound complicated but you will quickly get the hang of it - promise!
Email messages - Training Transcripts
- Qualified Nurses.
Member Photograph Galleries.|
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 5861 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 593 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 170 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. We have achieved 5861 already! By the end of 2019? 6050 still a target. It is possible. We continue to make solid progress and will perhaps achieve the largest collection in the UK, if we are not already there. New additions continue, albeit slowly...
We are now at 5861 - 6050 now seems a definite possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number 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...
But the photographs are not our be
all/end all. Our online articles (42) are gaining too, to say nothing of our
nursing histories and news pages. There is a great deal of research
involved. Someone's time. Someone's money. All given selflessly without
thought of gain. What we have here are the seeds of success.
Collecting... All badges on this occasion...
So how did I obtain it? ebay? Peters Nursing Collectables?
Sally Bosley? Auction House? Stole it!? No, none of these - read on this
The green enamel I have always associated with the SEN (State Enrolled Nurse) qualification. A total blue with the SRN (State Registered Nurse). But here we have two different blues on the same badge. We have several variations of this badge recorded on site. Have another look at these Birkenhead badges:-
Of the eight badges, no less than
six are different to the last two. Reading left to right, top to
Badge 3 reads 'Birkenhead school of nursing. Combination of green
circumference enamel and blue/green central motif.
5. Badge 5 reads 'The maternity hospital Birkenhead'.
Enamel only around the identical
blue/green central motif.
Six badges, six differences to the main basic design! Seven and eight of course are the badges which started it all - excepting the chromium plate on the last two - again different from the others. The magnificent roller catch badge is let down by the simple bent-hook through vertical hole - would seem very prone to pressure wear - but at least the roller catch would be secure.* The overall badge size and shape are identical to the first badge shown above - slight variations in appearance have resulted from copy photography and lack of time to correct. The badges really are the same size and shape.
The central motif (may well be St Catherine) appears identical on all versions. The colour variations are due simply to the copy process used by the different member uploads. I cannot help but wonder if other versions exist - perhaps the bronze; the silver; and the gold as applied to other schools of nursing/hospitals. Now they really would be something to collect! Maker: Thomas Fattorini, Regent St, Birmingham. The lettering and dates inscribed are the modern versions, obviously done by machine in the interests of accuracy and speed.
That single badge - so generously gifted by Rebecca D - may well be seen by a great many people for a very long time! It has certainly given me a bit of a challenge. And we haven't even got around to the nitty-gritty of maker marks; materials used; badge designer; weights and so on, so necessary to describing badge provenance and marinating our contribution to nursing history.... A final note from Rebecca...
We surely can Rebecca
- consider it done. With many grateful thanks. We have removed you email
in the interests of your privacy. Enjoy!!
Another photograph from the past
*Training Hospitals/Details *Link
*Sincere thanks to SoN
member 'eric' for the supply of this
photograph. I wonder if any of the nurses can still be identified? It is
really not so long ago.. Another 23 not so long-ago nurses! Perhaps one of
them will appear or a descendant or friend with
a name - but it
does seem remote possibility - but a chance chance this time....
We express our grateful appreciation to those people who have contributed the original photographs
used to produce the News Pages.
1. News heading photo (all dates) - John Reeves
2. Bristol Southmead Gold (April) - John Reeves
3. St Bartholomew's Gold (April) - Ruth Watkin-Jones
4. Haygarth Silver (April) - 'ukhistory' (ebay)
5. Newcastle LS (April) - Peter Backman (Nursing badges)
6. RRC Medal (April) photo's- 'Caulgisbo' (ebay)
8. 'catandfrog' (July) - (ebay).
9. bokojnr (Dec) - (ebay).
10. blue.bottle (Dec) - (ebay).
11. 'backman' - (ebay).*
12. Hotminicooper (Jun) - (ebay).
13. Right-one50 (Oct - (ebay).
14. jcollinsmedals (Dec - (ebay).
15. Brittania Medals (Dec 2009).
16. elaine3080 (Feb 2010) - (ebay).
17. Fran Biley (Feb 2010) - schoolsofnursing.
18. St Andrews Children's Hospice - Grimsby.
19.themedalcentre - (ebay).
20. Christmas 1923 - Eric Wilkinson, schoolsofnursing.
21. past-modern - (ebay).
22. susie1156 - (ebay).
23. redsunshine525 - (ebay).
24. nbarton8 - (ebay).
25. magpieantics - (ebay)
26. rayofhope0 - (ebay).
27. Anotherluckyb - (ebay).
28. Helen M Coan.
29. yazandlaz - (ebay).
30. delroyb - (ebay).
31. Burmeseblue - (ebay).
32. amersham417 - (ebay).
33.Bethesda - (ebay).
34. nikkibarnard - (ebay).
35. madeinireland - ebay.
36. jamesmcg - (ebay).
37. pugwash - schoolsofnursing.
38. Sarah Rogers - schoolsofnursing.
40. Bill, schoolsofnursing.
41. alastaircox - (ebay).
42. Margaret Maxwell - (ebay).
43. soisjack - (ebay).
44. blubberlover - (ebay).
45. the collectique - (ebay).
47. Dart Silver Lid - ebay
48. 'gawincole' - ebay
49. Dr Patricia Mumford
57. The Welcome Institutue
58. Val Smyth.
59. Rebbeca D.
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