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June 2016
(Vol 10 Issue 2) 

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Welcome to our Thirty-ninth news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our second 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 pending.
"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!

Free Nurse/Hospital badges.  Last year, whilst on holiday, we 'gypsied' across the UK and much of Europe by car. Seems a long time ago now, but prizes were offered to members who attempted our paper-chase. The final clue was guessed by no-one, so all who entered will receive two free badges. Please contact 'backman' with your address to receive the badges after August 31st. The last ones sold for
£40.00 each!

Unchanged - the last three 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 4517 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 562 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 143 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

     Southern General Hospital Glasgow   

Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary

We are now at 4517 - 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... Some collecting....Some giving back!

Well, almost both...  I know that I sometimes seem to talk in riddles, but both statements are absolutely true. In reverse! I am about to return the most superb items that I have ever collected to the family to which it rightfully belongs; and I am about to obtain a collection of badges to which I shall become guardian (I never regard my collections as 'mine' - as in belonging to me). As any real collector knows, collecting badges, especially nursing/hospital badges and medals, comes from the heart, not the bank!

So here we go - what are the most superb items that I have ever collected, and am about to return?..

To my mind it is the collection of the badge and absolutely stunning ephemera of Miss Sarah Alive Claridge originally featured in our News page 38 last September - ( ).  I simply could not believe my luck when I first became it's guardian. Not just because of the Princess Christian's (PCANSR) badge - a rarity but not really uncommon - but mainly because of the associated ephemera. To obtain both, as a single collection, was simply overwhelming....

All images copyright  'backman"  @SoN

And then came the devastating sense of loss when I learned that the family of Miss Claridge had contacted the previous vendor (our own 'backman') seeking to buy the items.... For which they had been searching....

For me there was no choice, the Sarah Alice Claridge collection simply had to be returned to where it belonged - within her family, not in my collection. But all was not lost - I had possessed something very precious to me as a collector, and we had gained an illustrated Nurse History (Sarah Alice Claridge) by Sarah Rogers. The collection will be delivered to Sarah for presentation to Patricia Mumford (Great Niece of Sarah Claridge) on my behalf by Sarah's husband Harry Shortly - at a Claridge's tea. And Yes, we will get the full story into print later. And I will get to meet Patricia Mumford personally in Nottingham later! A huge plus...

So what of my desolation at preceding my loss?  Well, collecting nursing badges and ephemera may be a roller coaster for me, but now we definitely, oh' so very definitely, a most superb roller in my collecting history. And if anything can negate my loss of the Claridge collection, it is this!

The Garrett set!  Yes, I have struck a deal with our own 'backman' to acquire the entire set.  Does it really negate my loss of the Claridge set? Certainly does! A 'double Whammy' (heard that phrase somewhere)... Being able to return the set to the family creates it's own warm feeling - akin I suppose to helping someone find what has been long-lost.  The feeling at being able to acquire the Garrett set must be similar, in collector terms, to winning the National Lottery! I always did like the fairground roller coasters.  Tummy on floor, tummy in mouth! But more than that - the sum of the whole is most definitely greater than the parts.

So of what does the Garrett Set comprise? That magnificent and so very collectable badge and presentation case of the Nightingale School of Nursing at St Thomas' Hospital - a prize in itself; the ARRC award; and the campaign medals.  All in superb condition!


images copyright  'backman'@SoN

Want one? Yes please! And now I will have one...

We are not quite ready to release the full details of this superb, irreplaceable, set. Some research is still ongoing and we do of course need to produce yet another nurse-history for the site - at which time all will be revealed at publication.  For myself - well what can I say? I sometimes yearn for the stability of collecting in a more stable field - perhaps bottle tops or old bags of cement - but where would I put them?  No for me I think that I will stick to the roller-coaster of nursing badges.... But I hesitate to think what might be next...

                                                                             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?

Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you witnessed a debate between Florence Nightingale and Mrs Ethel Bedford-Fenwick about the need for a GNC - and, and....  And well, that's when you awoke sweating, not knowing who won! Forgive yourself? You never would.....





Another photograph from the past - this one is of nurses
 Peace Memorial Hospital in 1952


*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.

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

*Sincere thanks to SoN member 'backman' for the supply of this photograph. I wonder if any of the nurses can still be identified? It is not too long ago.. Perhaps a descendant or friend will appear with names - or even one of the nurses in the photograph!

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 40th 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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