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Welcome to our
Twenty-sixth news page here at Schools of Nursing.
The fourth edition this year.
Nurse Histories - Moving...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson is next - special and progressing. Still a way to go but it will be special. Another look at Tony's badges - The Bethlem Royal, St Charles's, GNC; old RCN may wet your appetite...
And now - another
new article from Sarah Rogers, this one about Miss Eliza
Mary Pinsent, a Matron of the Royal National Orthopædic Hospital, London. Sarah now has three articles - all London based - on line at schoolsofnursing. A brief reminder of these last three articles:-
All, I know, the result of serious hard
work and diligent research. Which is the way all our contributors work! Two
of which consistently return first and second places on Google when
researching 'Nursing badge design'. Very nice results from very nice ladies!
Maybe the men will challenge them....
Right now the Google ratings will do fine, and are richly deserved.
And a brand new article, perhaps more a photograph gallery, is in preparation based on a scrapbook collection of Ms Barbara Tyler - "Assistant Matron-in-Charge at St. Thomas' Hydestile (Godalming, Surrey), when the hospital was moved out of London during the Blitz of 1941". An American correspondent - Gina O - kindly gave us permission to use her photographs. Gina had in the past sold the scrapbook to another American collector, but had already photographed the scrapbook for her own use (July 2012 newspage link).
Gina subsequently auctioned the Nightingale badge, which she had originally acquired with the scrapbook. The badge went to the collector who had originally bought the scrapbook, keeping the collection together. Magic!
Member Photograph Galleries.
The Seafield Hospital badge is clearly of
Scottish origin. It looks very, very nice and still has the original safety
chain attached. The St Marks badge is thought to be unusual and no
doubt rare - 'backman' tells us that it was awarded to a German refugee in
the UK. I wonder if there is another story behind this one....
Collecting... In The Leagues...
The variety of collecting methods seems infinite. In truth it depends almost entirely on the individual, her or his reasons for putting together a collection of anything. In this case it is some of the badges of the nursing leagues, or perhaps better put - 'Leagues of nursing' which as time goes on, are becoming something of an extreme rarity. My own collection is limited right now to the leagues of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London..
The reason for this is that the first
UK league of nurses was formed by Miss Isla Stewart - who was Matron of St
Bartholomew's Hospital between
1887 -1910. The very first league was formed by Miss Stewart at Bart's in
1899. Many leagues issued their own badges, which in the case of St
Bartholomew's, became the standard issue on qualification.
I am still uncertain which of these
badges is the earlier - the first above - C.E. Fenner, was clearly issued in
1914, but because the second badge is unnamed/dated I will need to examine
the markings of both to be certain. In both cases they are silver; in both
cases the face of each carries the same design; but the design of the
reverse clearly differs. Both have a wicked looking pin!
Imagine then, you were dreaming that Miss Isla Stewart
was about to reveal to you the location of her own St Bartholomew's League
of Nursing badge - it must surly have been the first - and that in your excitement you awoke before getting the
information! Forgive yourself - you never would!
Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the
24th Schools of Nursing Site News, so for now I will say goodbye and
wish you all well.
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
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