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Welcome to our forty-fourth
news page here at Schools of Nursing. That it is still here is a real
tribute to our members (now over 661) who have kept it alive. My heartfelt
thanks.... This particular issue is our first this year - 2018. Last year
there was so much to do and seemingly so little time in which to accomplish
it. We failed to publish two issues. Apologies. We did (and do) try
desperately to keep things moving - and indeed the unseen maintenance which
keeps the site on-line continued throughout. But at he expense of the
publication of the news pages.. However 2018 is here and we are off to a
good start - 10 years and a couple of months later! Our best wishes for
The Nursing badges public gallery -
"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"... our current update is right here.
3. Mike's 'myk1066' - at the first (published) page of 20 badges - with
another 91 pages 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 1250 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 4955 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 583 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 154 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. Will we achieve 6000 by the end of 2018? 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...
We are now at 5603 - 6000 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 (41) 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... 'Battered badges
IV'. Damage repairable - for Repair... And a seriously old badge
Once again, having previously said that 'I had always sought to collect the nearest to perfection that could be found - wherever possible inscribed with a nurses name and date awarded. An essential starting point for tracing precise histories'. Well here I am having to eat my words with yet another badly damaged badge - and which I now need to have repaired. But first, have a look at some of the damage....
The face side has a
neat hole dilled right through the edge for the (still attached) safety
chain. The face itself has an area of the original white enamel of the
shield missing - probably difficult to match. Certainly more than a DIY
job! Turn the badge over and the reason for the hole through the face
edge becomes obvious - this example is an early dished type - drilling
the edge would seem less destructive than the face in the absence of a
better method of attachment, and it is at least secure. but that is not
the end of the story. Whilst the pin itself may hopefully be
original, both pin 'fixings' are most clearly 'after market'. A bit of
In good condition - well I am not certain - maybe in the region of 25-100 pounds sterling. Probably more than the repair cost. But a worthwhile project...
But, back to
were not very good - the seller asked me not to publish them until I
had the badges to re-photograph. All done, and here they are - for a
99-year old badge the condition is remarkable, almost pristine. But
what of the badge itself? Well, the initials and name have already
been explained in the title. But what was the lineage of the badge?
Who was the manufacturer? Why was it
made? And who was the (presumed) first recipient 'MLR' ? What is
the significance of the date scratched on the reverse? 99-100 years
ago is a long time ago; but something of the history of the badge
must be available - it is one of the things that collecting
nurse/hospital badges attractive. Tracing their histories.
*I bought the badge as a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law (ex RAF) an avid collector of all military badges. I like to attempt to find him something associated with medicine and nursing but with military associations. Looking at he link above I think that I may have succeeded...'
that whilst dreaming, that you met
a collector of QMCAH badges who possessed the very first one issued -
exquisitely inscribed with the name of the owner and date issued - who
offered to sell for a shilling if you could give him the name of a
supplier of artificial limbs. And I awoke before I could tell him...
Forgive yourself? You never would...
Another photograph from the past - this one is
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.
*Sincere thanks to SoN
member 'backman' for the supply of this
photograph. I wonder if any of the nurses can still be identified? It is not
too long ago.. Just who was miss Joyner? Can anyone identify those
cape badges? Perhaps a descendant or friend will appear with names - but it
does seem a very outside 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
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