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Welcome to our Thirty-fifth
news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our first edition for
New Nursing badges public gallery opening at schoolsofnursing.co.uk - update.
When our website was first envisaged (we actually opened November 2007) one of our esteemed members, ('eric') suggested that our photograph galleries, then private, could be made public. A little like Flicker I suppose. The problem was one of security. Leaving the original galleries open to all, including upload ability, meant just that. It was - not then at any rate - an option. But now we are well into making all our galleries both public and secure, thanks to benevolence of several members who have given permission for the use of their already uploaded photographs. We already have several hundred photographs - and available technical details being prepared for our first public gallery. An enormous task with many hours of work involved.
We still have over 3000 badges to process, and had hoped that we might have some online by Christmas. Unfortunately that was not to be. But our first gallery is well on the way to completion of phase 1 - the badge catalogue. It may take a just a little longer, but it is proceeding well. Watch this space!!
And another three new articles from Sarah Rogers,Will Burgess and Antony (Tony) Smith. The first another outstanding Nurse Badge set and Personal History - Amy Rosalie Scott, 1896-1967. The second a light-hearted look into a personal member post box; and the third an autobiography (our first) of recent history.
Ms Barbara Tyler -
St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 8.
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 8 is here.
We are already at 4702 - 5000 now 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...
Collecting... A new
year dawns - collecting on!...
But the real attractions for me were twofold. Firstly the exquisite and intricately patterned and executed silver casting - with 'AWARDED TO ---------- ON COMPLETING HER TRAINING' in 3D relief with the number '131' below along with - below again - the hallmark of Vaughtons, Birmingham and their name in relief below that. The nurses name - 'LOUISA WATKINS' and the number '131' have obviously been carved into the silver with great care and skill. There is, disappointingly, no inscribed date, so only the hallmark can give a clue without further research, with no guarantee of success. It is worth a try perhaps...
But another word of caution - the offer I made to obtain the badge was a genuine consideration, not a shot in the dark. I would not want anyone to mislead anyone start making offers, and wasting everyone's time, unless they had a genuine chance of success.
The second purchase this time was for a set - and what a set it is... Four badges (jewels) which had belonged to members of the London Hospital Aid Society!
One vice-Chairman; two
founders; and one member. !933 -1934. No strictly nursing badges -
rather Masonic jewels - but better cause than supporting The London (or
any other) Hospital. And the London Hospital Aid Society has a very long
history - this link is well worth a visit:-
My own interest in this particular set of Jewels was first awakened when
as a Christmas Present (2014) I became the owner of A London Hospital
Masonic Lodge founders medal from 1901 (nearly 113 years ago)...... I
featured it in a previous 'Collecting' column Son News page here:-
worth another look.
Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you had located a
catalogue of every first nursing badge ever issued.
But then, on
awakening you suddenly remembered that it was among the old books you had
donated to a Salvation Army collection appeal! Gone!!
Forgive yourself - you never would! Perhaps start seeking salvation
- as quickly as you can!!.....
Another photograph from the past - this one from
*Sincere thanks to SoN
member 'Tony Smith' for the photographs used...
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