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eleventh news page here at Schools of Nursing...
Well, here we are again - late! The reasons are numerous and some absolutely boring, but some are much more interesting. Gathering together the possible content, even for a small news page like ours, means re-assessing everything that we have so far, hopefully passing on the state of play, number of site visitors, new members, forum topics, the nursing badge galleries; articles ready or in preparation, and of course relevant news!
Articles. Three main articles - all so far on nursing badges. Link.
*Our promised article on attempting to find missing badges is still on the way - still a little delayed. But we continue to assist those readers who are seeking a lost badge (difficult) or simply attempting to obtain a replacement (not easy but 'easier') and all enquirers always receive our advice and support directly if requested by email. Plus - the basic details about replacing a badge have now been added to the forum - item2 Link.
Edelweiss, the author of one of our three articles, also has a book about nursing badges in preparation, and it seems that another article may well be in the offing. We are, once again indebted - we don't (can't) pay for contributions, but we feel sure that we all recognize the voluntary input by our contributors.
Two subjects are in the offing - the next will be an article
about reproduction badges - several have been offered for sale on ebay in
recent months by ebay seller 'alicostello'. Ali has supplied the reasoning
behind his operation - the whys and wherefores - and as soon as we have
illustrated the article we will publish in full. It might also provide
an interesting discussion topic on the forum, as whilst there is undoubtedly
a lively trade in reproduction military badges, the nursing badge
field seems not to have attracted such business before.
Our member photograph galleries. Attached to the forum and only available to registered members. A feather in any serious site's cap. It is becoming an excellent and extensive research resource. Build your own photo gallery - or better still from our standpoint, contribute to our National Photo Galleries - photos of hospitals; people; ephemera; nursing badges... We believe that our galleries are becoming one of the largest collections available. But you won't be able to access this feature without joining the forum, although we are working on allowing temporary access to students/scholars. Hopefully the National Collection will go public at a later date. For now, if you want to see it join. All is free and only a valid email and a password are needed. Join Here.
Main Site/SoN Forum/Photo Galleries - updating.
There is still a little updating of the main website links to complete. This will be done early this month following the publication of this news issue. If you find a duff link please feel free to point it out - it will be changed The forum is regularly updated and should present no problems, but again, feel free to contact us about any issues. Use the 'Contact' link and let us know...
Perhaps the Jewel (dare we say) in our crown is the 'National' nursing history photograph galleries. But members only for now - but you can join - it's free!
Nursing History - Badges: 1990 photographs in eight Albums.
(Nursing & Hospital; Regional; Midwifery; Military & International; Allied professions)
Nursing History - Badges: 270 photographs in three Albums.
(People; buildings; ephemera).
Nursing History - Uniforms: 37 photographs in two Albums.
(Uniforms - Civilian & Military).
Search Facilities. The search facilities (all) are specific to the area of the site they are found on. They do not search the whole site - only the area they are found on.
But, all our search features are most responsive (likely to return the results you seek) to geographical place names. A common feature of search engines. For example, on the main site, if you choose the National Archives search and enter 'London' rather than a specific hospital, you will be presented with a list of hospitals to choose from - Very useful...
The site forum - Membership and Visitors -
Collecting - Nursing Badge Sets...
Perhaps the ultimate for any collector of nursing badges is the acquisition of a complete set. But that isn't quite the way it sounds and is often difficult to achieve because of the wide range of possibilities in defining 'Set'...
The ultimate (impossible to achieve) would be a complete set of nursing badges for a particular country; step down one - a county; another step down - a town; another step again - a hospital; and again - a nurse. But even within each of these possibilities there are often several multiples. It is not surprising, this being the case, that some collectors aim for the apparently achievable - a set of badges to a particular nurse....
There are number of possible sources. The nurse, who is unlikely to hand over her hard won badges; the family of a deceased nurse; auctions of complete sets; auctions of individual badges...
Auctions are the more likely source for most collectors, as in the case of ebay. Unfortunately sellers often break existing badge sets in the belief, possibly correct, that the financial gain is greater. This of course means the destruction of part of the history of an individual nurse, making the construction of her or his individual of history most unlikely.
The attitude of the (now defunct) General Nursing Councils has been blamed for causing the break-up of badge sets by asking for the return of State Registration badges on the death of a nurse. Some hospitals - St Thomas's (Nightingale School of Nursing) also took that course in relation to the training school badge. Collectors have in the past been asked by the GNC's to return badges they admitted to having collected, albeit for a small amount of compensation.
No wonder, then, that the sets that come onto the market command high prices, for example this recent two badge set sold on ebay - £109.98 over £111 with postage:-
not unreasonable in the light of the rarity of the King Edward VII
Hospital badge and it's superb condition. The GNC badge looks a
little worn on the reverse but the inscriptions are clear, both
badges are original/genuine and it forms a set.
I know of one early badge set comprising a Silver Medal; hospital badge; GNC badge; and RCN badge from the same nurse working at Chester Royal Infirmary in the early 1920's. The only way I can see that particular being bettered is by a set where the silver medal was a gold and the GNC badge had more than one qualification inscribed, plus a midwifery badge, an original College of Nursing Membership badge accompanied by all the original certificates....
you had such a set in your attic - And that you only
found out about them from the person you sold the house
and contents to...
Forgive yourself? You never would!....
Greetings from the Past
The photograph and
information about this group of Royal Naval nurses came from Allyson
Struthers (Allyson Graham in the photograph) who said that she still has
contact with two of her group but has lost touch with the others:-
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
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