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April 2015
(Vol 9 Issue 2) 

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Welcome to our Thirty-Sixth news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our second edition for 2015.

New Nursing badges public gallery opening at - Current 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"...

Well, we now have fifty (50) pages of 24 badges per page - (1200 photographs) - some with reverse sides to complete the picture - almost ready to release on a hopefully expectant world!  Hopefully the first page will be attached to this release. But please be aware there are some details not yet completed - some may never be completed because of loss of manufacturer information - or schools of nursing records when amalgamation with the Universities took pace in the late '80s. But what we have is invaluable. The first such work since Jennifer McLauglin - perhaps extended as she might have done.

This is the start - the catalogue - of our new galleries. Open to anyone who has an interest - and hopefully the start of an increasing number of interested people. More pages will follow quickly - first catalogue completion is envisaged by the end of June this year.  All members who have given permission will also have their own catalogue, a rather large job.

By the end of the project we will have a new book on nursing badges. We are already working hard on the content and format. There are omissions. There will be errors. By the end, with your help, we will have a new definitive and up-to date 'Nursing Badges II' (perhaps the title?). For now, have a first look. Please remember copyright. LINK HERE  

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.

The links are all above - enjoy!

Ms Barbara Tyler - St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 8.
The page 8 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" is now complete. We owe our thanks to  - Gina O - who kindly gave us permission to use her original photographs. It is a quite unique collection and we were certainly very privileged to be able to reproduce it...
PART 8 (including all links to previous pages) 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 4115 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 551 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 122 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. Will we achieve 5000 by the end of 2015? 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

     Fife College of Nursing & Midwifery       

Birmingham and Midland Eye Infirmary


We are already at 4788 - 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. And it is not just a matter of quantity but rather a combination of quantity and quality. The quality of additions made to the site - both in the way of photographs and contributions to our forum has created an irreplaceable contribution to nursing history. 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 (36) 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.

Please be aware, our site is rated on Google by Norton Internet Security as being absolutely safe. We intend to keep it that way. You can help by using a reasonable ID and your own genuine email address. Anything that appears dubious may result in failed registration. Our site is free to users. It is hosted by the largest ISP in Europe at commercial rates - with highly professional back-up. Safe and secure!

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.

E-Mail Contact - 'contact' link (here and throughout the site) arrives directly on the webmaster's desk. Use it to communicate directly with the site. All mail is considered confidential unless the contents are stated to be otherwise. Stated to be for public consumption by you. Publication itself is an editorial decision.

Collecting... Collecting on! Well, maybe not....
But no, the title does not mean that I have collected nothing - or that I have given up on collecting. Indeed I have a very nice old Rochdale badge to start this year with, although what I really want to claim you attention with this time has nothing at all to do with my collection. No - it has everything to do with badges, buckles and other memorabilia that I want to collect. Want to - but have so far failed to (and miserably so) ....

So here we go with a good mope!

And who wouldn't mope at the thought of being unable to possess this superbly beautiful nurses belt buckle? St Peter perhaps? But then, having no aspirations, indeed no hope of sainthood at all, I can only feel bad about not having one of these....  But perhaps, again, excited about the possibility of my luck changing!  I just hope that I will have saved enough pennies by then.

Copyright  'OPDBarry' @SoN

This particular buckle was, I understand, bought by a husband for his nurse wife. I add that simply because a Masonic buckle could have been just that - a Masonic buckle. This one was definitely for a nurse.

Drooling on - I do try to obtain items with which I can claim some direct connection - helps stimulate the reminiscence area of the brain. Pure selfishness! But no, for me there has to be a stronger association with something I really want. Easier with badges than buckles but in this case a geographical location - Ashton-u-Lyne, Lancashire, where I once worked. I don't have either of these two..

All images copyright  'backman"  @SoN

I already have other badges from 'Ashton' of course, but these two have eluded me so far. Claims to fame. Miss Charlotte S Yapp, Matron there founder member No 6 of the first General Nursing Council for England and Wales. Well before my time - but perhaps something in the water rubs off!  For my first teaching post I was interviewed by Zena Oxlade - who later became Chairman of the General Nursing Council.

But again, one badge that I would dearly love to have in my collection is the so very rare London Hospital SEN. Preferably named and dated. But they seem as rare as the proverbial 'Hen's teeth'.  I do know of two nurses who gained both the SEN and SRN version - one of whom who sold the SEN version to finance a humanitarian trip to India, so the possibility of becoming steward to such a double is extremely remote.  But then, one would be fine... If only....


All images copyright  'nusesue'@SoN

But, being the Steward of several SRN versions of The London Hospital badge, I suppose that seeking an SEN version could be viewed as gluttony. But not so - I regard all the items in 'my' collection as being 'mine' only for my own period in history. Hopefully passing to the stewardship of another, perhaps more worthy soul at the end of my day. (Hopefully in the very distant future)!

So what else can one so apparently greedy covet! Well, for my wife - a Great Ormond Street neck scarf. I lost hers by leaving it in the car of an SNO (services) some years ago - and in spite of promises he never has returned it.  And perhaps a Great Ormond Street Hospital belt and buckle - but the buckle only would suffice.  My nearest and dearest has not requested these, though I know that she feels still the loss of her scarf. And my conscience still pricks....

Given that - one could go on with listing my own 'wants' ad infinitessimo!  But I am rather more difficult to please than that. I only want the impossible!  When I first started nursing my named mentor was an assistant matron, Mary Glass. Mary was mentor to many others, and we all held her in great (very well deserved) esteem. I was one of those who maintained the connection until she died, a few short years ago.  By pure chance, or perhaps, (I like to think), divine intervention - her Parkside Hospital badge appeared on ebay, I have no idea how, but of course I snapped it up. I then searched desperately for her other badges, Manchester Royal Infirmary and GNC, without success... And yes, I would still love to have them. Two more, very precious, very personal, 'wants'.....

images copyright  'backman'@SoN images copyright  'elaine3080'@ebay

I don't know the dates either of these badges were issued to Mary - it is also possible that the GNC badge (Rt) was not the silver version shown....  And yes, I do have other, perhaps lesser wants, so perhaps an article is in the offing.....

Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you rubbed the magic lamp - and Florence Nightingale appeared and gave you three wishes!  And you were too dumbstruck  to answer. Better write them down and leave the list beside your bed - NOW!!.....




Another photograph from the past - this one thought to be
nurses at an unidentified Manchester Hospital

Perhaps badge identification is possible?

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.

It always seems impossible that a photograph will never be identified - but who knows?         Gallery Photo Here

*Sincere thanks to SoN member and Moderator 'backman' for the photographs used... 

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 34th 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. Dart Silver Lid - ebay
48. 'gawincole' - ebay

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