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Welcome to our
news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our second edition for
New Nursing badges public gallery opening at schoolsofnursing.co.uk - 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"...
And our 50 fifty (50) pages of 24 badges per page - (1200 photographs) - have come along considerably since the last news page - with much detail being added to the actual labels. Individual hospital/school locations have been (and are still being) added; badge shapes; materials used; badge weights; type of fixings; central design (picture) ; inscriptions on the rear (nurse names/dates/maker marks/hallmarks where applicable); designer/s; manufacturers; number made; and dates first awarded are all salient points in our quest being addressed.
Last time I said - "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". But no, we simply could not finish in time for this news page, apologies. The best laid plans.... But - we are within 6 pages of the first complete revision (around 150 pages left out of 1200) so we are not too far away...
The present link is repeated - "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?)". Please, have a second look . If you feel that you can help with details let me know - Heraldry and badge weights are particular needs. Please remember copyright. LINK HERE
And another two new articles from Sarah Rogers.
The links are all above - enjoy!
Ms Barbara Tyler -
St Thomas Hospital - Scrapbook Part 8 (including all links to previous pages) is
We are already at 4846 - 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 then - A bonanza!!
A Masonic buckle could have been just that - a Masonic
buckle. This one was
definitely for a nurse. I bought it within the hour. When I received it
- well, I was over the moon. Absolutely stunning. Solid silver, perfect
intricate design, superb craftsmanship, magic!
She did not train there and so did
not have a Rochdale badge. The one above is an old design and
appears to be silver. The start of a new geographical collection for me?
Maker - Thomas Fattorini; no hallmarks and no nurse name/inscription. No
real means of tracing much history but a strong link with the past
Excepting - in a short thread on nursing buckles there was a photograph..... Which led me to "Peters Nursing Collectables' and the purchase of the two Petersham belts, complete with buckles. Peter's site says:-
"The Westminster Hospital
was one of several that did not award a hospital badge to it's nurses upon
success at final examination. Rather it awarded a (originally silver and
later silver plated) Belt buckle featuring the portcullis emblem of
Westminster. I believe that this brass version would have been awarded for
Enrolled Nurses Training"....
A bonanza? Well perhaps not quite in numbers, but a very fair selection in terms of nursing history - and the quality? Have another look yourself - I certainly can't complain...
Imagine, that whilst walking in London, you heard two
nightingales singing about free badges outside St Thomas' Hospital.
But when you looked around you could only see a couple of nurses heading for
Berkley Square. Nurses - not Nightingales. You decided you had been mistaken
and not to ask them. But if it had been true - forgive yourself - you
Another photograph from the past - this one thought
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.
*Sincere thanks to SoN
member and Moderator 'backman' for the photographs used...
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