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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.
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
Member Photograph Galleries.
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...
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...
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
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...
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.
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!
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?
Charing Cross Hospital Preliminary Training School – A 1968 set
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?
We express our grateful appreciation to those people
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