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January 2013
(Vol 7 Issue 1) 

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Welcome to our Twenty-seventh news page here at Schools of Nursing. The first edition this year.

Nurse Histories - Moving...
Our next history - Anthony (Tony) Sisson is next - special and progressing. Estimated to be still some months away from completion, but sometimes things move quite quickly. Fingers crossed but no promises right now.

And now - another
two new articles from Sarah Rogers, the first about the St Bartholomew's Hospital Nurses League, and the second about using nurse badges to discover nurse histories and some possible pitfalls along the way:-

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook.
And here we are with the start of the promised 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". We owe our thanks to  - Gina O - who kindly gave us permission to use her photographs.

Ms Barbara Tyler Assistant Matron St Thomas Hospital Hydestle London

The scrapbook photographs are presented exactly as we received them - the icons above are linked to our own pages in a pseudo-reproduction - leaving a little room for us to perhaps eventually fill in the detail that the nurse creating the original, Ms Tyler, did not need since the scrapbook - and the memories it contains, was for her own use. It is possible that we will be able to learn much as we rebuild the book here. If we do we will certainly be adding the detail to the scrapbook pages - adding to our own knowledge of the history of St Thomas' hospital as we do so. People, places, whatever we can reliably glean. There is a second here.

As with any scrapbook, some of the photographs may well be meaningful only to Ms Tyler, but some are of recognizable, sometimes public figures. All are part of Barbara Tyler's story and are of historic importance as the scrapbook of a past Assistant Matron at St Thomas's Hospital. Especially this one! A glimpse of history. A treasure... We are actively seeking information about any of the photographs in the scrapbook published. The early photographs are perhaps beyond research but the later ones may well be traceable or stir someone's memory.
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Our sincere thanks. To Ann Williams and Rita Gillen Brown, who both trained at Charing Cross Hospital, London in 1968 for the superb assistance with our current PTS photograph and information (Rt Col below).  And equally to Joy Loveday from New Zealand for that magnificent photograph of the Charing Cross Hospital badge. Magic!

Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 2799 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 353 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and (still) 71 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. Will we achieve 4000 by the end of 2013? Perhaps not, but we will have made solid progress and perhaps achieve the largest collection in the UK by then if not already....

National Galleries
Latest Member Uploads

Photographic rights
Wolverhampton General Hospital - Front Wolverhampton General Hospital - Rear

In the last news I inadvertently asked if we would make 4000 by the end of 2012 - a clearly impossible task. But we do start the new year - 2013 with a stunning 3218 items in what has become, thanks to our many contributors, a mini (dare I say 'fledgling') photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...

*There is still a terrific amount of cataloguing to do because all the labels and descriptions have to be added so that search engines, and thereby searchers (you perhaps?), can find our items on the internet. It seems an impossible task, but my, haven't we just come a very long way? I think that we are going to need help....

But please, don't break copyrights when uploading/sending photographs. If you are ever uncertain please ask. Most copyright holders we have met so far have been only to keen to assist.

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Collecting... Individual Hospitals...
One of my favourite methods of collecting nursing history is collecting individual nurse badges - named and dated. That way I gain more than once - perhaps an a piece of individual nurse history together with dates and often hallmarks, (although hallmarks can mislead), and the details of the hospital badge and something of it's traceable history. But for most collectors, deciding to collect a particular geographical area or particular school of nursing probably means sacrificing some details on the alter of compliance. Even the Nightingale badge changed, albeit only slightly, after its inception, and most certainly the St Bartholomew's (London) did.

Back to Lincoln and Lincolnshire...

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The badge above is perhaps an example. An early example of my hospital badge collection - badges of Lincoln County Hospital at the city of Lincoln - presents an early numbered badge, but no nurse name or date issued. It may have been numbered but not issued, or the number may be the key to recorded details. Right now I just do not know.

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The second Lincoln County Hospital badge can certainly be dated to perhaps the late 1960's and early 1970's. Another named and dated (1974) version is displayed on the schoolsofnursing English Nursing Badges gallery by member 'nursesue' with the detail on a hanging top-bar . This one is hallmarked silver, unfortunately without recipient detail - perhaps it remained unissued - but that superb City of Lincoln coat of arms speaks for itself (Col 2/Top Rt above). Sadly, I don't have one of these...

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The third set below. Left is the mid-1970's onwards Lincolnshire School of Nursing badge issued by Lincoln County Hospital, St Johns Hospital (psychiatric) and Harmston Hall Hospital (Mental Handicap) after amalgamation of  the constituent schools in the early 1970's - a watershed year in nurse education. Gone is the silver - replaced by chromium. Gone is the previously exotic coat of arms - replaced by a tiny example on the badge below. The green enamel can be mistaken for an SEN version - in reality it represents only a colour - Lincoln 'green'. And at the end of the day the early badges turned out to be correct - the entire school was based at Lincoln County Hospital. The wheel turning full circle.

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The last badge shown is a real bit of history. Again it was issued by the school at Harmston Hall - which became part of the 1974 amalgamation - issuing the North Lincolnshire School of Nursing badge, but before it did so The badge, a beautiful design was issued by the Lincoln Heath HMC and included student nurses from Harmston; from St Peters Hospital (Bourne); and Caistor Hospital - all for the mentally handicapped. A rarity today. Real History!

I have seen a silver version of the North Lincolnshire badge. But have never had the good fortune to own one and have no idea if they were all originally silver or they were used as silver medals...

Several hospitals were combined within the North Lincolnshire School of Nursing in the early 1970's. Lincoln School of Nursing was, in 1974 part of the Sheffield Region of the NHS, with just the Lincoln County Hospital and St Johns Hospital (then geographically separate) involved. Later reorganizations combined several schools until by the early '90's Nottingham School of Nursing, (later to become The University of Nottingham school of Nursing), had become part of the reorganized Trent Regional Hospital Board and had absorbed all the schools of nursing in the Nottinghamshire, plus North and South Lincolnshire. A large number of hospitals, their schools of nursing, their individual badges and their histories combing and recombining into ever larger units until by 1994, or thereabouts, all had become parts of the University system of nurse education! A huge combination. A large number of individual badges now consigned to history...

And a note: Mrs Ethel Bedford-Fenwick (Nee Manson) trained at Nottingham children's Hospital as a 'pay probationer'. She became Matron of St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in 1881 at the age of 21 years! And a past Matron at The County Hospital, Lincoln Miss E Vincent, was one of the early trainees at the Nightingale School of Nursing. Lincoln County Hospital - the core of North Lincolnshire hospitals - certainly has claims to fame!

Imagine then, that you had collected a badge from each Lincolnshire hospital, all of them, at each stage of NHS reorganization - but that it took so long that you were too old to remember why! Forgive yourself - you never would! Remember?

 Another photograph from the past - this one
from 1968

Charing Cross Hospital Preliminary Training School A 1968 set

Charing Cross Hospital Preliminary Training School  A 1968 set
*Training Hospitals/Details Click Here

Back Row (standing): 1.Name?. 2.Elizabeth Reynolds. 3.Name?. 4.Name?. 5.Jackie ?. 6.Sue Harcourt-Smith. 7.Jill Hawksby. 8.Name?. 9.Name?. 10. Name?. 11.Ann Yearwood Williams. 12.Rita Gillen Brown.

Middle Row (standing):
  13.Susan Evans. 14.Name?. 15.Name?. 16.Name?.
17.Heather Wilson. 18.- De Vignes. 19.Glynis Moss Halls.
20.Jennifer Thompson. 21.Susan Haynes. 22.Anna ?. 23.Name?.

Front Row (seated):
 24.Name?. 25.Name?. 26.Yvonne Trodd. 27.Name?. 28.Susan Levy. 29.Zeenie Datto. 30.Name?. 31.Name?. 32.Name?. 33.Anne Ruff Curnock..
     Photo Gallery Click Here.

Our sincere thanks. To Ann Williams who trained at Charing Cross Hospital, London in 1968 for the superb assistance with our current PTS photograph and information. Ann lives with her family in Trinidad!! At Christmas she shared some of her time in Trinidad with Rita Gillen Brown - another Charing Cross nurse the same group before Rita was visiting from Ireland. Originally Drogheda, Rita now lives in Bray, just south of Dublin. Jealous? Would I be blamed?

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 24th Schools of Nursing Site News, if you can remember any of the missing names Ann Williams, and of course ourselves, would be delighted to hear from you. For now I will say goodbye, and wish you all well.

Would you like to see your PTS or training group featured here? We desperately need more photographs to feature. Can you help?  If so please Contact us.

We express our grateful appreciation to those people
who have contributed the original photographs
used to produce the News Pages.

1. News heading photo (all dates) - John Reeves
2. Bristol Southmead Gold (April) - John Reeves
3. St Bartholomew's Gold (April) - Ruth Watkin-Jones
4. Haygarth Silver (April) - 'ukhistory' (ebay)
5. Newcastle LS (April) - Peter Backman (Nursing badges)
6. RRC Medal (April)  photo's- 'Caulgisbo' (ebay)
8. 'catandfrog' (July) - (ebay).
9. bokojnr (Dec) - (ebay).
10. blue.bottle (Dec) - (ebay).
11. 'backman' - (ebay).*
12. Hotminicooper (Jun) - (ebay).
13. Right-one50 (Oct - (ebay).
14. jcollinsmedals (Dec - (ebay).
15. Brittania Medals (Dec 2009).
16. elaine3080 (Feb 2010) - (ebay).
17. Fran Biley (Feb 2010) - schoolsofnursing.
18. St Andrews Children's Hospice - Grimsby.
19.themedalcentre - (ebay).
 20. Christmas 1923 - Eric Wilkinson, schoolsofnursing.
21. past-modern - (ebay).
22. susie1156 - (ebay).
23. redsunshine525 - (ebay).
24. nbarton8 - (ebay).
25. magpieantics - (ebay)
26. rayofhope0 - (ebay).
27. Anotheluckb - (ebay).
28. Helen M Coan.
29. yazandlaz - (ebay).
30. delroyb - (ebay).
31. Burmeseblue - (ebay).
32. amersham417 - (ebay).
33.Bethesda - (ebay).
34. nikkibarnard - (ebay).
35. madeinireland - ebay.
36. jamesmcg - (ebay).
37. pugwash - schoolsofnursing.
38. Sarah Rogers - schoolsofnursing.

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*11. -  'backman' is also creator and webmaster of the 'nursingbadges'
'historyofhospitals' websites.

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