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January 2016
(Vol 10 Issue 1) 

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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 - 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!

Go on, try it.  Click the link above. But make sure that you have time to spare - and remember that this is an ongoing project. Even as you read this many more details will have been added.  Because of the way we are working you will need only this first link. You can then follow the progress yourself, although we will, of course, keep you informed in every news page.

And another three new articles from Sarah Rogers. All three are
outstanding nurse badge sets and Personal  Histories - Eva Summers; Frances Mary Macdonald; and last, but by no means least, Sarah ‘Alice’ Claridge, 1872-1957.

The links are all above - enjoy!

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 4414 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 561 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 140 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. Will we achieve 5500 by the end of 2016? 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

     Royal Berkshire Hospital       

Derby School of Nursing

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...

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! And on, and on....
It seems to have been a very long haul from there to here! Four months in fact... But I have not been sleeping, I promise. No, far from it, my collection has grown by no less than eight items, four of which are here below.  Perhaps not a vast number, but the quality is not bad at all, and that is what matters in the first four cases...  All based on a geographical theme - Nottingham - perhaps my favourite school of nursing!

So here we go - back to the future! Nottingham and Manchester..

Nottingham City Infirmary!  And what superb condition - un-named unfortunately, but I am no means certain that  badges of this provenance - especially age, were ever named.  Solid silver and clearly hallmarked. Very nice geographical location item. But like all early
badges the pin is sharp and needs treating with respect. Originally the workhouse at Nottingham Bagthorpe, it became the City Infirmary in 1929. The makers marks are JWT - J.W. Tiptaff & Sons.

All images copyright  'backman"  @SoN

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.

All images copyright  'backman"  @SoN

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)


images copyright  'backman'@SoN

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 (unlikely) gold.

Not a bad haul, but there is yet a little way to go before I have finished the Nottingham collection. Rest assured that I am working on it - there are several unanswered questions between Nottingham Bagthorpe and Nottingham University.  What, for example of the psychiatric hospitals like Mapperly? And what of the Nottingham Children's hospital? Of Nottingham midwifery? et al... And what I ask myself, happened to the badge (if indeed she had one) of Ethel Manston - aka Mrs. Bedford Fenwick? She may have had one whilst working in Nottingham. Now what a find that would be...

And what of the badges  of my first mentor -  Mary Glass. I said last time that I had managed, by pure chance, to collect her Parkside Hospital badge. I also said that I was still searching for her Manchester Royal Hospital and her General Nursing Council registration badges - 'Two more, very precious, very personal, 'wants'.....'

I have never seen Mary's Manchester Royal badge - I am assuming that it is like the one below (although the name illustrated is of another nurse - Gillian Southern).  I am assuming that the pin is as in the picture. Perhaps one day...

images copyright  'backman'@SoN

Nursing and hospital badges offer a lasting reminder of our history. Particularly so as they carry hospital - and often individual nurse details - an absolutely stunning research tool.  Where else would you be able to find such a superb record in such a small package?

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 to be
nurses at an unidentified 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 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.

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 39th 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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