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Notice Board / Hospitals Website
« Last post by backman on September 07, 2017, 09:27:49 PM »
Another newly discovered site which follows up on the Historic Monuments project back in the 1990s which resulted in the book English Hospitals 1660-1948.Looks as though it merits a good look;
Notice Board / Re: Belt Buckles
« Last post by wilfb on September 03, 2017, 04:13:42 PM »

Yes - pity there isn't a belt with it though....

We are putting up a new article on belts/buckles in the near future - maybe a Christmas feature - watch the SoN Gallery for individual buckle updates - and of course add your own if you have any.

Notice Board / Re: Belt Buckles
« Last post by myk1066 on September 03, 2017, 12:10:12 PM »
Nice one the GOSH buckle.
General Discussion / Re: Badge sellers rational!
« Last post by backman on September 02, 2017, 09:08:49 AM »
Although the RCN should be the natural repository for a national collection of Nursing badges and related items and they would gratefully receive any badges we choose to donate,I do have concerns.The fact is that the organisation is not without its own issues between its professional,educational and trades Union functions.The Archive is hampered by a lack of space in the main headquarters at Cavendish square and I believe, will continue to be based in Scotland with displays at HQ.The other limiting factor is their lack of in depth knowledge of the badges themselves and the context of their being issued and awarded in their many variations.This depth of knowledge probably lies in the collective of this group.
I have attempted to join the committee of the History of Nursing society in the past and there is another vacancy at the moment but I am probably just too busy to try again.I do feel that approaches should be made for a joint enterprise between the two groups for a display,possibly at Congress which is being held in Belfast next year?m
General Discussion / Re: Badge sellers rational!
« Last post by backman on September 02, 2017, 07:45:44 AM »
Whilst I am sad to hear of the reluctance of official bodies to accept the donation of your collection Eric,I am not to surprised and it may not be a bad thing in the first instance. I do know of instances where items have been donated and later found to have been sold back on to the open market.many smaller museums are driven by the enthusiasm and interest of individuals and once they go items can be at risk.
General Discussion / Re: Badge sellers rational!
« Last post by wilfb on September 01, 2017, 08:37:02 PM »
Hello Eric,

A strange situation when 'experts' on nursing history see so little value in our badges.  The direct (and in all probability most lasting) link to nursing history.  Where else can one find the keys not only the hospitals which issued them but also the histories of the hospitals which issued them and the cultural diversity of lives in the surrounding areas - right down to the lives of the nurses who worked in therein?  Many examples of which are now being placed increasingly in the public domain via books, other publications, and, dare one suggest, sites such as ours? Woeful! 

But one can hope, and continue, like yourself and several other committed members, to seek wider dissemination of our history.  Our own membership continues to grow, slowly but regularly (now heading for the 650's), and the contributions - particularly of photographs must be second to no-one's.  All from that little seed planted 10 years or so ago by that small group of dedicated collectors.

Perhaps we can do more yet to spread the word - exactly how I am not sure, but there is a way - and we will find it!!

Keep those badges (and the attached histories) safe for a while longer Eric - it will be worth it eventually...

I would dearly love to hear the thoughts of others....


Ps. I once said to 'backman' that when/if I win the lottery I would buy all his badges and ask him to keep them for me!  Your collection has to be unique = keep it safe - I probably can't afford them all.!!
General Discussion / Re: Badge sellers rational!
« Last post by eric on August 31, 2017, 11:44:35 PM »
Forgive my absence but am back to full time unpaid work babysitting grandchildren.
Just to clarify an earlier comment by Barry, yes the Ulster Museum do have a good collection of Irish nursing badges (indeed I even give them a few). However, since Tom Wylie (who worked there  and who had accumulated them over many years, as he had personal interest in them) retired over 10 years ago, the Ulster Museum has this collection in storage and despite my asking several times, they have no plans in foreseeable future to display them again. They remain "in storage". Effectively lost to the public.

Regarding my own collection, I have asked An Bord Altranais (Irish nursing board - same as GNC) if they would like them to display; But apparently not as they don't want them. I had some conversations with few lecturers from several Universities in Republic of Ireland but again they don't have any nursing archives. I did speak to one who who developing a nursing archive but they finding on "papers"; curriculum; and training records; they didn't see section for "badges" as important.

I did speak to local museum in my home county but again anything given to them becomes their property and they decide when, how or if any collection is displayed.

Like yourselves am still looking for good home for them
General Discussion / Re: just catching up
« Last post by backman on August 30, 2017, 09:21:21 AM »
I agree we probably need to update our links ,book reviews,etc. I am still in North Wales ,not a million miles away from Barry so had a most enjoyable day yesterday browsing just a fraction of his very impressive collections,so thanks for that.
Back home next week so will try and organise myself once I get back into the routine(of retirement!)
Notice Board / Re: Belt Buckles
« Last post by barrysutton on August 30, 2017, 12:26:29 AM »
Apart from those already listed does anyone know of any others. I believe that there are two patterns of the Royal Masonic Hospital ones.
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