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December 2016
(Vol 10 Issue 4) 

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Welcome to our Forty-first news page here at Schools of Nursing. Our forth and final edition for 2016. Only a couple of months away from our ninth Birthday. That it is still here is a real tribute to our members (now over 580) who have kept it alive. My heartfelt thanks....

The Nursing badges public gallery  - "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"... our current update is right here.

So what's new?
Firstly. We are the reverse images of each badge. Unique images from each badge displayed - not generic images from stock photographs. This is extremely important to making each badge photograph a standardized reliable and not least valid record of a particular badge. You need only point your cursor at a particular badge to see if a reverse has been added. 

We now have 3 galleries which are open to the public without login:-

1. Eric's Gallery - The original and much neglected gallery still awaiting update.

2. Peter's 'backman' gallery - 50 fifty (50) pages of 24 badges per page and 1250 pages  - (2400 photographs).

3. Mike's 'myk1066' - at the first (published) page of 20 badges - with another 91 pages in progress. CLICK LINK...  

(*Temporarily - You may need to use your browser 'back' button to get back here).

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 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!

Much detail is being added. 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'. Obverse sides being added to each badge wherever we have the photographs.

In short, everyone who has agreed to our publishing a public gallery will have one - using their own photographs wherever possible. We must surely have a copy of almost every UK nursing/hospital badge ever produced...

We have no new articles
this time, but at least one on badge manufacturers and their marks is being developed for the next news with more in the offing...

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:- 

*But please note: We simply cannot respond to transcript requests individually'.

Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 4681 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 562 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 145 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

 St Bartholomew's
League of Nurses, London

St Bartholomew's'
League of Nurses, (Reverse)

We are now at 5368. 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 (41) 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 mine.. Some yours!

And a new theme for me 'Battered badges'. I had always sought the nearest to perfection that could be found - wherever possible inscribed with a nurses name and date awarded. An essential starting point for tracing precise histories. Mostly I have sought perfection - missing bent and broken pins, damaged enamel and missing catches were, for me, anathema! How many damaged and battered badges there are out there I have no idea - perhaps a lot are just dumped - along with their history, as having no apparent commercial value. Well, for me, not anymore.

I am now a collector of 'battered (nursing and hospital) badges'. My previous (perfect) 'Stars' taking current pride of place.

My first , the seller stated accurately, was FULLY HALLMARKED; BIRMINGHAM 1926. THE INSCRIPTION READS; "D. BORROWDALE, SRN 4119, SFN 1012,  11- 25, 16-11-23." CONDITION; POOR. THE ENAMEL IS DAMAGED AND THERE IS NO PIN. The later statement (underlined) sold it for me!

All images copyright  - burgess @SoN

The condition was indeed poor. Face side enamel damaged in at least seven places. Sterling silver badly worn and scuffed in several areas and looked undoubtedly 'grubby'. The reverse indeed had a broken pin which also had a badly executed (perhaps silver solder) repair; a replacement catch - badly soldered non-original vintage; and a safety loop attached (solder) slap in the centre of the Fattorini trade mark... The solder repairs partially obscure some of the reverse side inscriptions. There must be some doubt about the latter - the correct interpretation being SRN not SFN. and the stated date interpretation seems incorrect. 

But, a very welcome challenge! Once done all will be revealed - perhaps an article awaits...

And, the 'raison de etre' of badge collecting, although a little research is demanded, the badge history - recipient nurse; qualifications; dates; maker - (who and where); Inscriber (yes, the individual tradesman's mark is there); the badge design registration number; and hallmark are all present and traceable. But more than that - there must be a plethora of repaired and abused badges to re-discover. More nursing/nursing badge history! Sellers take note - don't throw them away they are needed. At reasonable prices.....

And then - collecting other-peoples badges!
And then I found an easier, (and cheaper) way to collect badges. No, I don't mean steal the picture or the actual badge, but rather just wait for the email donations to roll in!!. Sure enough, among my email, this superb RMN badge...

North Staffordshire School of Nursing
RMN training badge Oct 1975
Images copyright

And permission to use the photo! What better?...

Yes, I jest. We owe 'dedsure' our sincere thanks.  Not only do we gain a photograph for the news page but also a new addition for the galleries, and quite possibly for the SoN database. Although the latter stops at 1974 he/she must certainly have been in training then. I need to look at that...

And another two freebee (well they did arrive around Christmas) badge photographs - apparently sent from Mr Carl Pierce from The Royal Alexandra Home - two badges which I (Webmaster SoN) cannot identify:-


images copyright@SoN

Carl says I have a couple of badges for here, all are silver ,the other is a IS A badge. The GLHH has a similar flower and I have 2 of these and is linked to the RAMC and unknown'... Feel free to use the pictures...

I am afraid that, although the P.T.C badge seems familiar, and perhaps I should know what it is, I don't.  If there is someone who can help we would be delighted to hear from you. Personally, I dislike being unable to answer a question and would love to be able to claim both as nursing and add to our galleries, right now I will just have to wait with fingers crossed.

Imagine, that whilst dreaming, you were given a whole lot - 1001plus - badges that you could not definitely identify as nursing/hospital badges. After reaching badge 0999 - with only two badges left you gave up and passed the lot to the church jumble sale. Both were bought by a collector of nursing badges - worth four figure sums - for two shillings and six pence! - Forgive yourself? You never would...


Another photograph from the past - this one is of
St Bartholomew's Hospital

PTS 1920's

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.

It always seems impossible that a photograph will never be identified - but who knows?      Gallery Photo Here  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
49. Dr Patricia Mumford

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