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January 2019
(Vol 13 Issue 1) 

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Welcome to our forty-seventh news page here at Schools of Nursing.   This is our first issue this year - 2019.  This issue has been particularly difficult for us - illness of the editor combined with several technical problems have delayed us considerably. We trust that, being nurse, everyone will understand.  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. We do our best and acknowledge our occasional shortcomings!

But then again, much of our site news writes itself!  Well usually... This time - in spite of everything  - fate dealt a very hard hand. Quite apart from all else we lost two very good colleagues - both quite unexpectedly - which threw the proverbial (and very large heavy) spanner into the works.  But Hopefully - into the New year - things will start on a new foot. And hopefully we will never forget to say thank you to all who have contributed..... Happy New Year!

Reminder.  Our original researcher Sue B is back. The article links in this column - One from Sue (Ann Braddick)
and two from myself (Nurse belts & buckles & Badge Manufacturers) are unchanged.

1. 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 as yet).
5. Nurse Belts and Buckles.

The Nursing badges public gallery 
We still have only 3 galleries which are open to the public without login.  They take a lot of time:-

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

2. Peter's 'backman' gallery - 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).

Our original aim is unchanged.  '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'. Reverse 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.

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.
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 6006 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 590 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 167 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. We have achieved 6117 already! By the end of 2019?  6050 still a target. 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...

National Galleries
Member Uploads

Photographic rights


 Solihull Nursing Services

 East Kent Community Nursing

We are now at 6117 - 6050 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 (42) 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 us. 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.

Failed Registration. 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. **Please note that we cannot supply transcripts of training.

Collecting... All badges this time...

For myself something I thought I would never have the good fortune to come across, and once again I am seriously indebted to our moderator Peter ('backman"):-

William Tuke Medal, The Retreat York, Mental Nursing Prize Medal.
A large and impressive bronze medal for Proficiency in Mental Nursing, from the Retreat Hospital in York. This was founded by William Tuke, in 1796 as a private Asylum for Quakers and went on to pioneer many innovative treatments for mental illness.


Measuring 47mm by 33mm,the medal face bears an image of William Duke, Founded the Retreat York 1792.The reverse shows leaves and branches and Presented for Proficiency Mental Nursing. Below this it bears the latin motto Cum Bona Voluntate Servientes which translates as 'With Good Will, Doing Service'. The medal is named around the rim to Emma A Bradley - 22nd July 1922 - The Retreat York. It would originally have been worn mounted on a plain beige silk ribbon but this is now absent.

The final picture (curtesy of the Welcome Institute) shows such a medal being worn!

Above images copyright backman@SoN

When I was training as RMN al those years ago, I was hypnotized by the story of William Tuke and his Quaker Hospital at York - we never did manage to get a visit - I certainly never expected to be able to own, albeit as temporary custodian, the prize medal of Emma A Bradley - gained on 22nd July 1922 -  at The Retreat York.  To think that I had once worked at York as a Senior Tutor and missed visiting The Retreat is almost beyond belief....

Onward...And then came the message:-

'Dear Sir, Madam,

I note from  your website that you say the designer of the Sussex Downs School Of Nursing Badge is unknown. I was that person - doing the first drawings back when I was working in the  School  of Nursing as a Registered Clinical Nurse Teacher in the 1970's. 

I trained at the hospital when it was Eastbourne Hospitals School of Nursing from 1967 - 1970 and have a badge from those days. After developing the original drawings for the design the Sussex Downs badge I was given a badge as a gift in memory of that but when I migrated to Adelaide Australia in 1989 sadly I lost the badge. I would love to purchase one if you know where I get come from please. 

Kind regards 
Val Smyth (nee Lancaster)

Well, One conundrum solved.  We now know who designed that badge - Ureka! But one left - can we replace it?  I feel sure that Val will be successful - I for one am off to search my collection files and if there is one there it is yours Val, with grateful thanks... If I don't have one I am sure that someone else somewhere will have one - and if not we will jolly well find one for you! You have my word...

And that Isn't all..
A Birkenhead school of nursing pin badge has come into my hands though a distant friend of a family member.
It has no real personal significance and we were wondering if there is someone or somewhere that collects the badges or would find it if some use?
Best Wishes,
Rebecca D'

Amazing! So I offered to accept the badge on behalf of SoN and it was duly delivered on November 18, 2018 - with my provisio that "We will display the badge on site (with your permission) and will always return it if there is a change of mind at any time'. So, we will display next time and duly return if a request is ever made.

My collection additions?  The medal of the York Retreat;  one Sussex downs that I need to find and repatriate; and one Birkenhead school of nursing pin badge (on show next time) in my caretaker role! 

Imagine, that whilst dreaming, a complete list of lost/missing/stolen badges and medals was made available to me, together with their current whereabouts, and that when I woke up I had written down all on  my bedside table!  But that someone had stolen the table! Forgive yourself? You never would... But leave them alone and they may well come home - then I can set about finding them!



Another photograph from the past - this one is currently unattributed...

Any information  is appreciated.

*Training Hospitals/Details *Not currently Available.

It always seems impossible that a photograph will be identified - but this time who knows, it is not very old?       Galle733x458y Photo Here

*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 really not so long ago.. Another 23 not so long-ago nurses! Perhaps one of them will appear or a descendant or friend with a name - but it does seem remote possibility - but a chance chance this time....

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 46th 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
57. The Welcome Institutue
58. Val Smyth.
59. Rebbeca D.
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