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Welcome to our Thirty-ninth
news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our first edition for 2016.
It is hard to realize that we are now in our eighth year - and had it not
been for all the original support SoN might never have happened. That it is
still here is a real tribute to our members (now over 500) who have kept it
alive. My heartfelt thanks....|
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"...
To Recap: We now have 50 fifty (50) pages of 24 badges per page and 1200 pages - (2400 photographs) - since the last news page - with much detail being added to the actual labels. Last time I said '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'.
So where are we now? Well, we are right here:-
CLICK THE LINK... (**To Get Back Here Click the 'BACK' Link at the Bottom of Page1)
Then click a badge photograph to see the single page! The links can take
you back and forward - a page at a time (24badges per page) - for all 1296 pages if you like. Or go to the
'Gallery Start" page at the bottom of any individual
badge to get back to the numbered 24 badge page. Sound complicated but you
will quickly get the hang of it - promise!
The links are all above - enjoy!
messages - Training Transcripts - Qualified Nurses.
We are now at 5115 - 5500 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...
Collecting on! And on, and on....
And another Nottingham - this one from a later date 1934 - by which time the original Bagthorpe workhouse had become Nottingham City Hospital, as seen below. An extremely nice rendition of the central coat-of-arms, albeit a little worn, the badge is an oval shape surrounding the hospital name in green enamel. Perhaps an SEN version? Again un-named but clearly hallmarked and with a very superb catch to hold that again very sharp but not quite as large pin as the previous item. The makers became Vaugton & Sons.
My collection does contain other Nottingham items of course, but these current items I did not possess. So again I was particularly pleased to be able to obtain this much later date Nottingham School of Nursing - University of Nottingham - version. Again un-named and differing in shape to the previous items, whilst having the more modern hinge and safety catch - which now ends safely within the catch! The hallmark is V&S (Vaughton & Sons)
All are hallmarked so,
although the last is a gold colour finish, we can definitely claim sterling
silver for the material used. I will need to research the hallmark
further to reassure myself that the University Of Nottingham version is not
Interestingly, although like many other nurses, I have worked in several different NHS regions and a fair number of hospitals, it did not occur to me to collect nursing badges at the time. If I had started earlier perhaps I would have been much wiser and certainly much richer if only within the realms of nursing history. But then, of all the nurses, midwives and others working in all those hospitals and schools of nursing, no one ever raised the subject of nursing and hospital badges. Ever! No, it was not until my final years as a nurse-teacher that the (historical) penny finally dropped... Agnes E. Pavey finally hooked me with her book "The History of the Nursing Profession" - the chapter on 'Crete' was bewitching. If you have not read it (out of print) don't! Or you will end up here collecting British nursing badges....
Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you had collected
every British nursing badge ever made, all properly listed, saved in
beautiful polished wooden cabinets...... What are you going to do now?!!
Another photograph from the past - this one thought
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not Available.
*Sincere thanks to SoN
member who supplied
this photograph - **especially as I have committed an almost
unforgivable sin as lost your details... I apologize
unreservedly and trust that you can forgive. However, I am
committed to publishing the photograph as penance. If you will contact
me I will add the details and an enlarged gallery photograph.
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