Old badges; new website

Last week’s blog touched on the long-term transfer of some of our historic nursing and hospital badges to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh as part of a new installation celebrating the role of unsung heroes in healthcare. This saw a two-year project come to fruition so we thought it was worthy of another blog post and some more pictures!

The installation is outside Outpatient Department 3 in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and has three cases set into the wall displaying historic badges alongside contemporary artworks that were inspired by them and the oral history testimony collected from current and retired nurses. A panel produced by noted enamel artist Elizabeth Turrell and some smaller pieces with quotes from nurses are also on display.

 One of the three cases 

Elizabeth Turrell's panel

The installation was launched on 30 March with representatives from the project partners, nurses who had contributed their oral histories (some of whom were wearing their own badges!) and Royal Infirmary staff. It was a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the project with them.

The launch of 'Unsung Heroes'

For more information please see the LHSA website, which has just been re-vamped to reflect our social media work better. We now have a brand new home page with a display of images to showcase various aspects of our work and collections, and a new social media page with direct access to our twitterfall and most recent blog posts. We hope that you’ll take a look!