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Welcome our twelfth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Perhaps very fitting - matches the twelve days of Christmas nicely!..
And being Christmas, we have some super presents to distribute to lucky winners in a Christmas competition which you will find outlined in the 'Collecting' column immediately below. Five prizes in fact, two super East Glamorgan Schools of Nursing badges donated by member Fran Biley - they really are super original and genuine badges in absolutely pristine condition. Only one badge per correct entry...
also have two different Reproduction UK schools of nursing badges - one for Cane Hill Hospital and the other for
North Wales Hospital, Denbeigh. Very Nice...
Both donated by member
'alicostello' These really are worth collecting and make a super
way of replacing a lost badge which may no longer be available or a less
expensive way of collecting the rarer items. Not all hospital/school badges
are available but 'alicostello' is always willing to try to help.
We also have an article on this very subject
Here. Well worth a
read. We were once concerned that such badges could be passed off as genuine
item (these particular ones never are), but in fact, although on the face of
it perfect replicas they are quite easily distinguished by their perfectly
new finish and pin fastenings. The latter are clearly modern... One badge
per correct entry.
The site forum - Membership and Visitors.
Collecting... Nurse Badge Sets..
In the very first collecting article here at SoN, among the reference to how nursing badges could be collected there was a paragraph or two about collecting the badges of an individual nurse, as well as reference to collecting badges with particular themes, for example midwifery, particular hospitals, and, another example, geographical locations. Areas such as the latter two are concerned with nursing/hospital badges and many superb sets have been put together by collectors.
Being primarily a collector of Individual nurse histories, my own special love is the collection of nurse badge sets. Many more seem to have surfaced over the last year or two - and normally command quite high prices. Personally I do not begrudge this, although it does not make me laugh a lot (!) being a buyer, but high prices can cause sellers to split a badge set as well as, conversely, keeping sets in the hands of serious collectors, which should help keep them together. Splitting such sets is, in my humble opinion, a serious sin...
Imagine then, my elation, or maybe it was my relief, at winning this set on ebay, which will now be preserved as far as anyone can ensure, in it's entirety...
And that wasn't the end of my personal
good fortune, (together with some depletion of my personal fortune!),
because, trawling the Net I came across another set - this time a GNC and 25
year (Silver/enamel) District Nurse long service award - for the same nurse
of course at UK dealer Britannia Medals. I added it to my letter to Santa
and left it open on the dining room table - long enough to be noticed,
before consigning it to our wood-burners Chimney. And guess what? Santa duly
The first badge set
has a considerable amount of paper with it - nursing qualifications and
Registration certificates - and a couple of certificates (birth and
death) of the nurses mother and some overseas -Tanganyika - nursing
Registrations. Easy enough to make a start on a history there.... But
where was/is Tanganyika?
Imagine that you didn't know what the
competition rules were, and didn't know how to enter - And missed
Forgive yourself? you never would.... Better have a look at the top
right column and have a go!
WWI perhaps, maybe earlier... Just which hospital/s were these nurses
from? Is the location of the photograph setting identifiable? Was the lady
in the centre a matron ? A Sister Tutor perhaps? And the badges and armbands
- just what were they? \For larger photos and possible hints (not
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