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August 2020
(Vol 14 Issue 4) 

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Welcome to our fifty-fourth news page here at Schools of Nursing.  This is our fourth issue this year for 2020.  Much of the News everywhere is still dominated by the Coronavirus outbreak and actions taken by governments to try to overcome it.  The current lockdown is now being relaxed in most of England but mixed messages lead to much uncertainty. We can only hope that our governments are selecting the correct course of action and follow the rules of the current lockdown/s. There is still no certainty about an end being in sight. Our history will, no doubt, reflect the outcomes.

Publishing errors. We do have one or two. Please - if you do see errors, just say so, I will be offended and remove them asap!!

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

1. Schools of Nursing NEWS PAGE 51 - 'A News Page Outline' - is a brazen attempt to show the origins of - hopefully it will be of interest - Link.

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

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

4. Nurse Belts and Buckles.
 *(New addition - Middlesex ward sister Belt/Buckle) Link.

The Nursing badges public gallery - Barry Sutton's Gallery start.
We now have 4 galleries which are open to the public without login.  Barry Sutton's gallery is the latest.  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 started and updates will follow as soon as possible - many more badges - en-route.... CLICK LINK...  
5. **Nursesue's gallery is started and the first page will be online very soon.

(*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. 
Member Photograph Galleries.
Still accumulating, albeit very more slowly. The 'National' galleries now contain 5910 nursing/hospital badge photographs encompassing all areas of the UK; 594 photographs (buildings/people/ephemera); and 180 photographs (nurse uniforms), both civilian and military. We have achieved 6681 already! By the end of 2020?  7000 is 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



 North East Manchester school of Nursing
Enrolled Nurse

University College of Worcester

We are now at 6681 - 7000 now seems a possibility. We are 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... It must be the

One single new item added, but it's 'New - Old'..
You have not seen this one before, but then you have!

And there I was, scraping around desperately inside what was left of my brain to produce a worthwhile column out of the apparent nothingness of Covid19, when I spotted what I believed to be another NEW item. With just one day to go to publication deadline! A Middlesex hospital ward sister's belt and buckle!!  Impossible.  It turned out to be so - impossible that is - as when I checked the appropriate page we already had one... But wait, we had only a buckle not a complete item.  The buckle and the belt... Onward!

Another look - 'Genuine solid silver nurse belt buckles with clasps!....Bristol Eye Hospital 1953; 'Nightingale' - St Thomas Hospital London 1954; St Bartholomew's Hospital 1897. The superbly crafted buckles are so unbelievably rare today.  That I have become the temporary guardian of the Nightingale Hospital and St Bartholomew's Hospital belt buckles I find almost unbelievable'. 

But, for the moment at least, I am reduced to re-presenting some of the belts and buckles previously seen in collection 60

Southampton University Hospital SRN Nurses Hospital Buckle

Welsh Dragon SRN Nurses Hospital Buckle

Great Yarmouth and Waveney Health Authority Buckle

University College Hospital Silver Plated Belt Buckle

Vale of Aylesbury School of Nursing Nurses Belt  Buckle

Royal College of Nursing Belt Buckle

Bristol Eye Hospital. Hallmarked Silver Nurse Belt Buckle

Same buckle -  inscribed with the nurse name plus month/year award

St Thomas' Hospital (Nightingale) Silver Nurses Buckle

Reverse Hallmark T&S (Toye & Spencer) Birmingham 1975

Sterling Silver one piece Nurses Belt Buckle - 1897 Wakering Shield of St Bartholomew's Hospital

Reverse image shows slight curvature loops and single clasp.

All images, lager and with more detail can be found at the collections60 link above. Well worth a visit - or two!



And this (below) really is one of my very own - 1897 - very rare if not unique, a St Bartholomew's' composite.. Very nice!

NB. There must be some very fine and beautiful buckles out there - perhaps more will surface - there were at least 700 schools/hospitals.

Imagine, a buckle from every single hospital/school of nursing arrived in a crate which was so heavy that no one could lift it. So you spent a week hiring a large crane - by which time the box had vanished!  Forgive yourself? You never would!.. But then, that isn't very likely, is it? Best carry on collecting - and chain down any crates arriving next time!

Another photograph from the past

Cottage Hospital Alton

Uncertain Date Origin

*Training Hospitals/Details *No Link

*Sincere thanks to SoN member 'backman' for the supply of this photograph. I wonder if this photograph  can still be identified? It is really so long ago..  Perhaps a descendant or friend of will appear with a name - but it does seem only a very remote possibility.

Well, that is yet another very pleasant note upon which to end the 52nd 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. Sue Sullivan (SoN)
61. 'backman'@schoolsofnursing.

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