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Title : BADGE
Accession ID : NB2000.22

Document type: Nursing Museum Object
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Item Name BADGE
Description Nightingale Training School Badge, St. Thomas' Hospital, London
Marks by Maker Inscribed Susan Green 1963 0n back
Materials Silver with blue enamel
Item Dates 1963
Significance note Nightingale Training School Badge, St Thomas’ Hospital, London The Nightingale Badge shown below from the catalogue photograph, is awarded to graduates of the Nightingale Training School of St Thomas’ Hospital who have also served a staff nurse year and passed hospital examinations. Often referred to as “Nightingales”, they frequently return their badges to St Thomas’ Hospital on retirement. The badge was designed by Dame Alicia Lloyd Still, then Matron of St Thomas, in 1925. It is blue enamel on silver and the diameter at the eight-pointed star is 4cm. [Silver was replaced with silver-coloured metal after 1965.] A silver circle in the centre features the head of Florence Nightingale and the words Schola Sancti Thomae which is on the eight-pointed blue enamel cross from the Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. Between the arms of the cross and radiating from the circle are insignia from St Thomas’ Hospital coat of arms – a Tudor rose, fleurs de lis and the shield with the sword of St Paul.1 ‘Susan Green 1963’ is inscribed on the back of the circle with above: ‘Nightingale School’ and below: ‘St Thomas Hospital’. On the bottom arm of the cross is inscribed ‘LOYALTY’. The Museum is very lucky to have had this badge donated by Sue Green, a Nightingale and long-term volunteer with the Museum. It is in remarkably good condition, given its age and long-term daily use as part of the uniform and also given the vulnerability of the complex design with fine points on the cross. The silver shows darkening due to oxidation. It is stored in acid-free tissue paper and in appropriate museum quality container. 1. The Nightingale Fellowship [alumni association of nurses who trained in the Nightingale Training School of St Thomas' Hospital] on-line 21/12/15
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Current Location Small items box 1
Source or Donor GREEN Sue
Dimensions 2cn 8 point star.

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