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July 2014
(Vol 8 Issue 3) 

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

New Nursing badge/epemera site...
Our site is still moving forward, although much of the work goes on off-line in the background, for example software updates. But perhaps the most exciting news is that we are now preparing something that one of our members ('eric') proposed when we first put the site on-line - that all of our gallery photographs be open to the public! Security (which remains in place) dictates that separate, non-up-loadable galleries needed to be created in order to achieve that. We are already well on the way, with the kind permission members of our private galleries who have contributed their photographs, which of course remain their property. But public accessibility will become a reality. Now just a few short months away. Patience is a requirement - we have over 4,421 photographs to process, starting with our nursing badges (3,784 and climbing). Each needs 10 basic operations to ready for publication - over 37,000 oprations on the nursing badges alone!! We are at 33% right now....

And another three
new articles from Sarah Rogers. Saving up for a rainy day - Sarah now being extremely busy with her University course we kept a few articles in the cupboard!  Muriel Mary Williams - Birmingham Children's Hospital; St Bartholomew's Hospital; Queen Elizabeth United Hospital Birmingham; Mary Richard - Mildmay Mission Hospital, Shoreditch; and 'A tale of three Nightingales' - (Catherine Ethel McMinn Graham; Mary Mildred Pickering; and Victoria Watson -Taylor).

All very well worth a read... Early birds may well have already seen the links on the notice board, but if not, the links are above.

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 5.
The sixth 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 3784 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 532 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 105 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....

National Galleries
Member Uploads

Photographic rights

A Royal Worcester Figurine of a Nurse of St Mary's Hospital Paddington.
It was issued to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Hospital's Nurses League in 1982 in a limited edition of 1500 and this piece is number 502. It depicts an early nurse of the hospital wearing full uniform of light blue dress with white apron and sleeve protectors. She wears a nurses cap with ribbons and bow. It is just over 8 inches tall and in very good condition with no chips cracks or damage. No box or certificate but a nice figurine as pictured.

We are already at 4421 - 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.

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.

And if you want to join - welcome to the Forum and Member Galleries - Register Here.

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Certainly our visitors are wide ranging - from 44 countries worldwide... Australia & New Zealand and Canada are well represented in addition to the UK and USA. There are also some more esoteric sounding countries - China; Russia; Cayman Islands; Japan; Malaysia; plus Romania and Spain.

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Collecting... And a little more serious magic!...
So there I was wondering just what direction fate would take me in my bid to acquire a reasonably relevant (to my own existing collection) addition to my badge collecting when sure enough fate did intervene and took me to Peter Maleczek's new nursing collectables website. And there it was. The next step.....

The Prince of Wales's General Hospital Badge.
Last month in this column I reported purchasing what I regard as a very special nurses-cape badge.  'E. Agnes Pavey. The Prince of Wales's General Hospital. April 1914'. No makers name. Military pin fitting. Material uncertain, but it appeared to be a base metal. Enameled.... This month the crown and three feathers of that hospital caught my attention yet again. Thomas Fattorini; Silver; Circular face side having the hospital name around the upper two thirds highlighted by blue enameling. A central red enameled cross  around and the crown and three white feathers - highlighted by the silver. The badge itself crowned by the Lamp of Nursing. A curved, blue enameled silver highlighted foundation year stands below. Fixated! Totally. I was still in last month's Plymouth!

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For me this was nothing new. A badge fixation that is. I have never been to Plymouth. But started collecting Plymouth badges after mixing it up with an article I did here on SoN about a Portsmouth nurse, Sister Marjory Early! (Link). Well, Plymouth and Portsmouth do have a lot in common (!), including some very nice badges, especially the earlier ones. The rear of this badge is plain silver inscribed  with the name of the original recipient; a number (288); the name 'Greenbank Road' in raised relief, and the die-stamped maker name and hallmarks - nice...

On to Plymouth City hospital. Easy-peasy! No 'ebay' needed this time and a real bargain. Two for what I regards as the price of one! I haven't given up 'ebaying', but I am distracted by the excellent badges definite prices on sales sites. These two Plymouth City Hospital badges are good examples.

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Superb condition; Silver: Suspension bars - each with 'The City Hospital' in raised relief on the bars and colour coded ribbons from which the badges - more accurately described perhaps as medals - are attached. But the real plus for me is the beautifully cast face sides, superbly intricate productions of 'The City of Plymouth' and coat of arms. Apart from the ribbons, the face sides are identical. But each is inscribed with the name and date of the recipient. And just a little magic - place your cursor over either/both to see the reverse sides below....

The City Hospital Plymouth Badge 1950 The City Hospital Plymouth Badge 1942

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The Red-ribboned badge is to Nurse Beatrice Pearce SRN; the blue-ribboned version (more formally inscribed) to SRN - October 1842 - Nurse D. Cockerel. Have a look and note the differences. One can only wonder about the administrative changes behind the inscriptions. We have yet to discover the reasons behind the ribbon colours, but will certainly let you know if they are discovered.

Imagine, that when 'Mayflower' finally left Plymouth, England on 16 September 1620 you were on board. The Mayflower finally landed at Cape Cod, New England on 21 November 1620. But that your uniforms and (irreplaceable) hospital badge were still on 'Speedwell' - which was left behind in England!! Forgive yourself - you never would!  Perhaps start collecting American badges.....



Another photograph from the past - this one
unidentified - but possibly the
Evalina Childrens Unit of Guys Hospital


Is this superb group photograph of the Evalina Children's Hospital nurses?

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.


Peter Maleczek ('backman') who supplied the main photograph says, "I'm sorry to say I don't have a positive ID on this one but have an idea from the caps I thought it may be the Evalina Children's Hospital"....  Quite possibly so I have placed my neck on the block and included the badge photograph of Evelina Childrens Hospital supplied by SoN member 'myk1066'

*Sincere thanks to SoN members 'backman' & 'myk1066'  for the photographs used... 

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).
47. myk1066 - SoN.

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