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Welcome to our forty-fifth
news page here at Schools of Nursing. That it is still here is a real
tribute to our members (now over 681) who have kept it alive. Thank you all.... This is
our second issue this year - 2018.
Much preparatory work always takes place in the background - researching
possible content; collating (and sometimes writing) articles; grammar and
spell checking; plus preparing photographs, obtaining permissions where
appropriate and a whole myriad of activities before we even get around to
things like layout!|
But then again, much of our site news writes itself! A great deal is collected from a small coterie of enthusiastic members who are continually adding to our knowledge base - to say nothing of direct assistance whenever requested. There are also many selfless benefactors who are almost always ready to donate upon simple askance, especially photographs, to whom we are heavily indebted. A list is maintained in the bottom left column below. Hopefully we never forget to say thank you.....
Reminder. Our original researcher Sue B is back - two new articles completed and one, rather larger in preparation. Plus two from myself, though not necessarily in the order below:-
1. Sister Mary Jefferys - a PCANSER nurse history. LINK
2. Sister Mary Josephine (aka May) Leonard - another PCANSER nurse history. LINK
3. Miss Ann Braddick - Military Nurse/Hospital Matron - QA/Bristol Southmead Hospital/Matron St John's Hospital, Towbridge, Wilts. (preview)
4. Badge manufacturers and their Maker Marks. (No Preview).
5. Nurse Belts and Buckles. (Incomplete Preview).
The Nursing badges public gallery
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 1310 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!
Email messages - Training Transcripts
- Qualified Nurses.
Member Photograph Galleries.|
Still accumulating, albeit now more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 5743 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 583 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 160 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. Will we achieve 6000 by the end of 2018? 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. New additions continue, albeit slowly...
We are now at 5743 - 6000 now seems a definite possibility. We are well on the way and just maybe, we will see another magic number 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.
First off a recent purchase led me to this beautiful St George's Hospital belt and buckle which I almost could not wait to acquire - it really is an absolutely gorgeous item and the superbly red Petersham belt sets the buckle off to perfection. It leaves one with a feeling of sadness that tracing such an item, unlike many of the named and dated badges, is not, (and probably cannot) be likewise, identified....
This very unusual silver plated nurses belt and associated GNC R.N.M.S.Registration badge circa 1965.
I am somewhat uncertain as to the value of what is undoubtedly a unique set, but unlike many nurse belt buckles this one has a known background... a heritage, something many nurse belts lack. That in itself is a bonus...
And yes, I know, I couldn't possibly wear such an
item on duty - but then I am male, too old, and not Canadian!!
A buckle like this must surely have some serious heritage. And was it 'worn in anger' by a nurse on a hospital ward? If so who by? Or was it a purely decorative item, made to be worn on special occasions? So many questions. So many missing links. But then, sadly, that is a usual history of a nurse belt-buckle.... Maybe some answers will appear if a reader knows more about it..... Still, very nice.
that whilst dreaming, that a
complete set of nursing belt buckles was about to be sold on 'ebay' for
one pound sterling -
you just didn't know the date and didn't believe me when I said it was
June 1st. And so you didn't bother looking...
Forgive yourself? You never would...
Another photograph from the past - this one is
*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.
*Sincere thanks to SoN
moderator 'backman' for the supply of this
photograph. I wonder if any of the nurses can still be identified? It is a
considerable time ago.. Those QAIMNS cape badges? Perhaps a descendant or friend will appear with names - but it
does seem a very remote chance this time....
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.
41. 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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