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October 2019
(Vol 13 Issue 4) 

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Welcome to our fifty-eth news page here at Schools of Nursing.   This is our fourth issue this year - 2019.  Much preparatory work also 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.  Photographs added from Windows programs are often the wrong format and need conversion. But, We do our best and acknowledge our occasional shortcomings!

And we do have one or two, although we try hard to pretend otherwise.... Please - if you see errors, just say so, no offence will be taken!!

The article links in this column - Two from Will B - 'Badge Manufacturers' and 'Nurse belts & buckles & Badges' one from Sue in progress (Ann Braddick) are below.

1. Badge manufacturers and their Maker Marks. (No Change)

2. Miss Ann Braddick - Military Nurse/Hospital Matron - QA/Bristol Southmead Hospital/Matron  St John's Hospital, Towbridge, Wilts. Link

3. Nurse Belts and Buckles.
 *(New addition - Nightingale Buckle) Link.

The Nursing badges public gallery 
We now have 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 - 50 pages of 24 badges per page and 1250 pages  - (2400 photographs). CLICK LINK...
3. Mike's 'myk1066' gallery - 17)pages of 24 badges per page and 34 pages - (816 photographs) *with more in progress.
4. **Barry Sutton's gallery is now en-route and updates will follow as soon as possible - many more badges....

(*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 5861 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 593 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 170 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. We have achieved 5861 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



 Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Association Hospitals Nurse Training School (SRN)

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Association Hospitals Nurse Training School (SEN)

We are now at 5861 - 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... Buckles and Buckles - and more buckles...

It is only in recent months that the subject of belt buckles has gained any real prominence herein.  But oh', what prominence these buckles have reached... I thought that buckle had reached their zenith with the arrival of that absolutely stunning St Barholomews' buckle in the August collectors' column.  I also noted that just when I thought that I had nothing further to offer "fate takes a hand and drags me to another badge - or in this case, buckle".  I really did not think that any collector could surpass last month's buckle - it just defied the realms of possibility - or maybe I should say 'gravity', because lo' it just happened again!

But no, I don't means that the Bart's buckle featured last month had been found and sold to me (One can hope!) - but that, amazingly, an at least equally desirable item had surfaced.  I simply could not believe my eyes - but have a look yourself - at this simply gorgeous St Thomas' Hospital buckle. 

Yes, A genuine solid silver 'Nightingale' nurse belt buckle....

copyright backman@SoN

So is it now mine?  I should be so lucky.. No - it went to another SoN Collector so at least it is in the family still!

Here is what Peter (backman) said on his website when selling:-

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Nightingale School of Nursing,Silver Nurses Buckle
An Extremely rare silver nurses belt buckle and clasp from St Thomas's Hospital, Nightingale School of Nursing. In it's original cardboard box from Spencer & Co, the buckle and clasp appear never to have been worn. The rectangular design bears the central components of the arms of the hospital, namely a shield with a cross, the upper quarter bearing a sword for the emblem of London. This is topped by a rose flanked by two Fleurs de Lys. Height 63mm ,width 48mm Separate clasp is present. It bears hallmarks for T&S (Toye & Spencer, Birmingham 1975)

Extremely rare? I have personally never seen one before. Never imagined one existed. Wish list? Yes please, as soon as possible!  Though with my luck this may be the only one I ever see, let alone own for a while....

I remember, as a child, gazing longingly at those beautiful red-coated shiny toffee apples at the local fairground - but then I did get some candy floss.....

Back to the buckle - have a closer look at the reverse...

All the fastenings are present and intact. Their fixings appear Original. The Silver hallmarks of Toye & Spencer clear.  Very Fine - overall Pristine.

(NB. The slight curvature of the top edge I believe is photo distortion).

copyright backman@SoN

But the show, so to speak, is by no means over. What of the original box?  For myself this is a real bonus.  The presence of the box is the icing on the cake!  Not many nursing badge boxes survive intact - with an original Nightingale buckle too? Want one... (But unlikely to find)... Here it is:-

copyright backman@SoN

As I said, the icing on the cake...  Gluttony maybe, but what collector of nursing buckles in her or his right mind would not want to visit this particular cake-shop?

Collecting nursing badges is hopefully expanding.  Our nursing history is still being lost - whether through lack of interest or simple lack of knowledge - and I suspect the former is fueled by the latter - I can only hope that our website is doing something to promote the cause.

The original ownership of Nursing buckles, like some badges, is not easily traced - perhaps even impossible, and market for buckles such as this Nightingale still a rarity. It is possible that this situation may improve, though I suspect also that should it do so, the prices are equally likely to render them generally inaccessible.

Imagine, that a collection of Nightingale buckles for an entire nursing set became available on ebay. And you just knew, like others, that they just couldn't be genuine so you didn't bother bidding until after the ridiculously cheap sale ended. When they were discovered genuine. Forgive yourself? You never would... But then, that isn't very likely, is it?


Another photograph from the past
Another from 1953

Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast
'The Beeches'
P.T.S. July 1953

*Training Hospitals/Details *Link

                                            Photo Gallery Click Here.

*Sincere thanks to SoN member 'eric' 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.
60. 'backman'@schoolsofnursing.

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