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Welcome to our forty-second
news page here at Schools of Nursing.
That it is still here is a real tribute to our members (now over 614)
who have kept it alive. My heartfelt thanks.... This particular issue is our
first this year - there has been so much to do and seemingly little time
in which to accomplish it. We will try to make sure that there are at
least three further issues this year. |
New. Our original researcher Sue B is back - hopefully for a long time! We have three new articles in preparation. Two from Sue and one from myself, though not necessarily in the order below:-
1. Badge manufacturers and their Maker Marks.
2. Matron Ann Braddick - . Military Nurse/Hospital Matron - QA/Bristol Southmead Hospital/Matron St John's Hospital, Towbridge, Wilts. 3. Sister Mary Jefferys - a PCANSER nurse history.
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,
be made public"... our current update is right here.
3. Mike's 'myk1066' - at the first (published) page of 20 badges - with
another 91 pages in progress.
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.
Click a badge photograph to see the single page! The links can take you back and forward - a page at a time (24 badges per page) - for all 1250 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!
messages - Training Transcripts - Qualified Nurses.
We are now at 5603 - 6000 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... 'Battered badges IIl'. Damage repairables -
*WB. - Last time I said that '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'. Well here I am having to eat my words (perhaps just a little) as I acquired a what had been a badly damaged - and then superbly repaired Nightingale from 'backman'... Yes, a seriously damaged and then repaired - perhaps 'rebuilt' would be a better description. 'Renovated' would not do justice to the new perfection of this stunningly superb item. But first, have a look at some of the damage....
The face side was
indeed in a very poor state of health. In good condition a
Nightingale will command around £500 upwards, but ask yourself - what
you would pay for this one? £500? Probably not. Had it
belonged to the lady herself (!) maybe, but even taking into
consideration the several other factors attached to a badge history
which influence price, this item would have to be otherwise exceptional
to command anything like my suggested base-price. Unless....
And no, the photographs have not been doctored. If anything the actual badges are far and away more beautiful..!
So what do you say now? Are they worth as much as the originals? Leaving out all other possible variables (such as previous owner; year of issue; patina; catch condition; other modifications: etc?). My own verdict is yes. Certainly... Do I have reservations? Yes, I do have just one. I have always believed that any badge should be left in it's original condition. Attempted repairs sacrilege! But I am no longer sure. The quality of these 'rebuilds' is nothing short of amazing. Pristine!
Perhaps that is the
source of my niggling doubt. Pristine it may be, but it is not the
original - or is it? My personal jury is out. But I bought one
'Backman' says - "I have re-enameled three Nightingale school of Nursing badges......and I
have uploaded photos to the album pages of SoN before and after shots for
comparison. They will quote for specific repairs but costs are around the
£150 to £200 range each!"
Have you ever seen a
buckle from Vale of Aylesbury School of Nursing before? This is
certainly a first for me! It really looks to be an absolutely
stunning item. And we have permission to use the photo! What better?..
Imagine, that whilst dreaming, that you met a
collector of nursing belt buckles who had a complete set - every one in
existence - who offered the lot to you for two old shillings and six pence.
A half-crown. Cash! But you could only find a florin under the mattress...
Forgive yourself? You never would...
Another photograph from the past - this one is of
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.
*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!
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