Nightingale School of Nursing Items II.
|"There can be no doubt in
the minds of serious collectors that the badge of the
Nightingale School of Nursing is one of the most beautiful and
superbly executed designs ever to be produced. For a nurse to
gain and ultimately wear one on her uniform must have been a
source of pride bar none.... The chance to own one -
become a custodian for a short time - is the stuff a
So when Gina O - an American correspondent told us that she was
not only about to sell one, but that she also had Ms Tyler's
original hospital scrapbook I was transfixed! Any scrapbook is
of course a highly personal item, but containing, as this one
does, considerable history relating directly to her career as an
assistant matron at St Thomas' Hospital it would be a sin to
keep it hidden....
And no, that isn't her
scrapbook on her desk - more probably a report book. The
scrapbook - as far as possible -in the order received - follows
after the next picture. We will need at least the next year to
complete this project but with help it is certainly possible.
|But first you had better meet
the Matron of Hydestyle - Miss Smyth... We don't know
anything else about Miss Smyth - her badge shows that she
was Nightingale trained, but we would like to know much
more. Perhaps you could fill the space opposite?....
And the photographs below. Who were
the people? Dame Monica Wills; Miss Baillie; and Ms Kyle; Holbrook;
and G.Kyle? They were obviously important to Barbara Tyler, but just
who were they?
At the start of the scrapbook there
are several photographs which will probably prove difficult to
identify. But others will be easier, although perhaps a challenge -
nurses in uniform especially named and with ranks, are a good start.
Some will, in all probability, remain in the ether. But their
photographs will always pose the question of who they were.
With luck, we will gain some extended history....
A whole host of questions - certainly
more than we have answers to at the present time. The ladies on the
left below - are they nurses? Orderlies? And what is Walburton - a
ward perhaps? And the ladies in the centre - who were they - outside
what appear to be two churches, although one could be a manor
house? And who was Marjorie Lane Laurie Klitz (Rt)- and
- does anyone recognise that bath-chair?
The photographs become much more
nursing and hospital oriented as the scrapbook proceeds, but we have
a start, perhaps someone will, recognise a who, what or where before
we come back next time with another set of photographs.
Schools of Nursing.
Hospital Photograph Collections.
Nursing and Hospital badges.
Irish Nursing Badges.
Nursing & Midwifery Council.
Royal College of Nursing.
Marple & Bradley
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