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April 2014
(Vol 8 Issue 2) 

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Welcome to our Thirty-second news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our second edition for 2014.

New Nursing badge sales site...
One of the seriously good pieces of news is the announcement by our moderator Peter M, 'backman', that he has gone on-line with a new nursing collectables sales site. Having cleared the matter fully in respect of our 'no direct advertising' rule, I have no hesitation in providing a link to the new site - petersnursingcollectables. We will be adding links to our side-bars shortly. Direct sales are still not acceptable.

And now three more
new articles from Sarah Rogers. Both histories of QAIMNS nursing sisters and their badges - the first, Florence Mary Yemm - The London Hospital; the second Metropolitan Asylums Board Medals and London County Council Hospital Badges: and the third, almost a nurse-history, Sister Lucy Cox a civilian nurse and war-time Sister in the QAIMNS (R).

As always very nicely illustrated (especially Lucy Cox - collections37) and well worth a read. Sarah is now progressing through an external course at the University of Dundee. The big question is - at the end of her current course, will she do a Masters? Whatever, more articles will undoubtedly follow, adding yet more to our knowledge of nursing history....

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 5.
The fifth part of the 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. And also to Keith Haikes, an American nurse who is the current owner of the book and who has provided further 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. 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... PART 6 is here.

Email messages - Training Transcripts - Qualified Nurses.
In our experience it has not been possible for nurses seeking transcripts from schools which no longer exist to obtain copies. However, we can offer a couple of links which may help in your search:- 

Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 3577 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 546 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 102 photographs of nurse uniforms, both civilian and military. Will we achieve 4500 by the end of 2014? It is possible, we continue to make solid progress and will perhaps achieve the largest collection in the UK if we are not already there....


Ceramic model London Hospital Sister

National Galleries
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Photographic rights

Ceramic model St Thomas' Hospital Sister

A Royal Worcester Figurine of a nursing sister from the London Hospital

A Royal Worcester Figurine of a nursing sister St Thomas' Hospital London


We are already at 4205 - 4500 seems a definite possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number very shortly, thanks to our many contributors. We can now claim to have a mini photographic museum here at schoolsofnursing. Sincere, heartfelt, thanks...

But the photographs are not our be all/end all. Our online articles (23) are gaining too, to say nothing of our nursing histories and news pages. There is a great deal of research involved. Someone's time. Someone's money. All given selflessly without thought of gain. What we have here are the seeds of success.

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Collecting... And a little serious magic!...
Sorely needed after a recent failure to bid at all on what was to be (hopefully) the star attraction in this collector page. Believe me or believe me not my telephone line (and internet) was chopped on the day of the sale. It returned almost exactly an hour after the sale finished! Least said the better... So it was back into the hunt for buried in the eons of time treasure - well, to be honest I already had one superb piece, but the second startled even me.... First things first.....

I do collect QARANC (and the earlier QAIMNS and RAMC) badges. Indeed, all military nursing and medical items, but I had never seen one quite like this example before. It appears to be silver, although there are no hallmarks or maker marks, so I may be wrong about that. Whatever, it is a superbly crafted item with a loop for a safety chain with a superbly engineered and lockable pin. I am not sure about the construction. The body seems cast, with the fittings - pin and safety loop - added later. Nice. A sweetheart brooch perhaps? I wanted, of course, to find out more about it...
QARANC Sweetheart brooch face QARANC Sweetheart brooch reverse

All images copyright  'Anotherluckyb' - (ebay).

'Barrysutton' one of our members and a veritable font of knowledge - especially on military items - has identified the metal as Marcasite, (an iron disulphide. A metal Pyrite very popular in the Art Deco period). Barry says that they 'used to sell them in the R.A.M.C./Q.A.R.A.N.C. museum, around the 1970's - marasite on silver, they cost about £20 each'... No doubt the ladies among us will have recognized this before me! says '
During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress'. Certainly very popular during the 20's, '30's, and 40's for jewelry among other things Art Deco lost much of it's popularity after WWII. This piece certainly retains it's popularity as a prized example in my QARANC badge collection!

And perhaps a little serious magic - for wear on a nurses cape...
A, for me at any rate, utterly fascinating - and very old - almost exactly 100 years - a 1914 nurses cape badge from the Prince of Wales's General Hospital. These badges were worn on the outside of those superb woollen capes issued to every nurse for at least 90 years. I don't have a description of the actual cape worn with this badge, but at a guess it could have been deep navy blue with a red lining, or, perhaps more likely, that superb military grey cape of the QAIMNS. Perhaps someone will produce a photograph - perhaps with the same badge attached! I really would like to know more about it...

But it was not this angle that excited me most. And I may be quite wrong about this - but there was an Agnes E. Pavey who was once a Sister Tutor at several hospitals - the Middlesex County Hospital, London; the East-Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich; Queen Mary's for the East-End; and the Government Hospital, Southern Rhodesia. That lady wrote "The Story of the Growth of Nursing, as an art, a vocation, and a profession". (Faber & Faber, London. (1937). I have a copy. Mine was printed on wartime 'economy paper' in 1944. The first edition was published in 1938. But my excitement (possibly misplaced) goes much deeper than those facts....

The Prince of Wales's Hospital Cape Badge Pavey The Prince of Wales's Hospital Cape Badge Rear Pavey

The Prince of Wales's Hospital Cape Badge Pin  Pavey

All images copyright 'mandacollectables' - (

If this badge was once owned by such a distinguished lady then I owe her my very belated and sincere thanks. She would be one reason that for the last twenty years or so much of my life has been spent at our second home here on Crete!  To explain. I became besotted right at the beginning of my nurse teaching career when I first read chapter II - (2). It is the real beginning of the book (the first chapter being an overall introduction) and is headed, quite simply, 'CRETE'.

There is no room to reproduce it here, but anyone really interested in our professional history should read it. Pavey was, and probably still is, truly inspirational. Perhaps someone will find time to write a review. It is the totally hypnotizing! As are the remaining eleven very illuminating, totally memorable chapters. From Hammurabi and the sun gods to almost 1940...

If indeed I am now the custodian of Agnes Pavey's cape badge, I am indeed fortunate.

The badge.
'E. Agnes Pavey'. The prince of Wales's General Hospital. April 1914. No makers name. Military pin fitting. Material uncertain, but it appears to be a base metal. Enameled. That the recipients name is given as E. Agnes Pavey is not I think of great consequence in relation to the author name of the book (Agnes E. Pavey). The changed position of the 'E' of the Christian name between badge and book for me denotes only that "Agnes" was that favoured...

Imagine, that Agnes Pavey was walking between wards with her cape folded tightly around her when that military pin worked loose and the badge fell off! You found and returned it to a gracious acceptance.... Forgive yourself - you never would! Well, you just might - finders was never really keepers!...



Another photograph from the past - this one
from May 1944

Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital & The Royal Liverpool Hospital Staff
 Liverpool Nurse's Service 7th May 1944
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.        

Liverpool Nurse's Service 7th May 1944
On the steps of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral - nurses from the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital and The Royal Liverpool Hospital the occasion being the 'Nurses Service'

'Sincere thanks to member 'barrysutton'...  **Regrettably we could not locate the appropriate badges to display above....
Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 31st Schools of Nursing Site News.

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. Anotherluckyb - (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.
40. Bill, schoolsofnursing.
alastaircox - (ebay).
42. Margaret Maxwell - (ebay).
43. soisjack - (ebay).
44. blubberlover - (ebay).
45. the collectique - (ebay).

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