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Welcome to our eighteenth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
Our first edition this year and hopefully off to a good start - the way we intend to carry on!
Our second nurse history - Sister Marjorie Earley - was generally very well received by all who have made comment. The link is here.
Our third is already moving well and our fourth, which because of the rate at which we are able to research and get it all together for presentation is likely to be online in the very near future. Before the third! Being the guilty party who get's it all together, all delays are inevitably mine! I would love to be able to plead old-age, but since the new retirement age is undoubtedly to be our 70th year I am still apparently a youngster! At least in the future hospital care for the elderly will most probably be led and delivered by those who know them best, the elderly! Living history!
Missing, Stolen and Mystery Badges.
A perennial - but by no means unwelcome. Are we any good at helping? I suppose it depends upon whether you get your badge back or manage to get a replacement. But, to be modest, we have managed one or two successes - one within 24 hours of a nurse receiving (and using) our advice! Again, to be honest, in several instances we have been unsuccessful... But in all cases we will have tried our best. For this news - we have been asked to identify the badge on the right.
Our correspondent says "I am wondering if the unidentified example might be a nursing badge from one of the Edinburgh hospitals, the question is, which one? The mystery badge is hallmarked for 1915 and has “CITY PROPERTY EDINBURGH” and the number “117” engraved on the back".
Anyone who can help, and all/any suggestions are welcome and should be addressed to me at webmaster@schoolsof nursing.co.uk
We are also working on previous requests to help
find/replace missing or lost items, so if you have made such a request and
are wondering - no, you are not forgotten, as soon as we have progress I
will contact you again, but don't let that stop you asking about the state
Member Photograph Galleries.
The galleries are becoming a
small on-line museum and are adding to our knowledge of nursing history quite
nicely, thanks to our contributors. It is available to anyone who cares to
register as a member - a very simple process. All is free...
Collecting... More 'Nurse Histories'
Back in January 2008- only our third issue of schoolsofnursing news, I said that ....I found the collection of the history of a nursing career the most fascinating - the one which I felt the most rewarding - (is) a 'Nurse History'...
Often, although by no means exclusively, the real first clue to a fascinating nurse history is found by the auction of badge sets - sometimes (though rarely) with accompanying memorabilia. Imagine then my excitement when, casually searching ebay, I struck the most amazing seam of gold that I have seen so far. Fate was smiling upon me I thought. I was dumbstruck. A complete set of memorabilia, GNC and hospital badge, certificates (GNC, training school, midwifery training school, letters - even a signed card from WWII Field Marshall Montgomery), photographs, birth certificate et al - of Amy Ann Braddick - a hospital Matron, no less!
Ann Braddick's nursing career spanned at least 37 years from the date she commenced training in 1931 at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. She finally retired as Matron of St John's Hospital, Towbridge, wiltshire, having previously been an Assistant Matron at Melksham Hospital, also in Wiltshire. She also served during WWII as a member of QAIMNS(R) (Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service) with the 21st British Army Group.
I lost the auction!
Happily as it has turned out, as the collection went to a possible relative of Ann Braddick who lives in Canada, and who has kindly supplied and allowed the use of his material, including his own photographs from the auctioned Lot. He is currently researching, with the aid of our own Sue Barker (researching the Civilian Nursing Career), Miss Braddick's history. We hope to publish this later here on schoolsofnursing as he has volunteered that too. A gentleman.
I say that I lost the auction 'happily' for a simple reason. Acquiring the belongings of a person which are wanted by a relative is not a way in which I would want to be seen to behave! If someone bought your mother's wedding ring at auction, unless you were the seller, how would you feel?.... Need I say more?
One of the problems at auctions is that you may never know who you are bidding against, whatever your personal feelings. We will be adding the photographs of Ann Braddick's memorabilia, badges and WWII campaign medals to our website gallery in the near future.
My interest in Nurse Histories also brought me to purchase a quite superb St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth badge. Our last Nurse History, that of sister Marjorie Earley (Para 2 top column above) which went online fairly recently aroused my interest in owning one. Firstly because of the history and secondly because it is a superb badge in it's own right.
Made by Toye & Co London, the silver plated badge measures
5cm in diameter and including the ribbon measures 3.5" from top to
bottom, it is in excellent condition. It has also started me on a new collector
trend - one I had only previously described. Collecting badges from
particular geographical locations. Something I simply did not do! Before you
could say 'You do now' Plymouth became my new badge collecting area!
Having said that I had better get back
to my current nurse-history - Evelyn Betham - Oldchurch!......
Another Photograph from the past...This time
Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the
eighteenth Schools of Nursing Site News, so for now I will say goodbye and
wish you all well.
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