Nursing memorabilia of Honoria Mary Frayne (1905-), trainee nurse at Nottingham General Hospital, 1901-1942

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the following items:

Student notebook of Norah Frayne, with the title 'Nursing and Hygiene' written inside the front cover. Contains dictated notes on various aspects of nursing, marked and corrected in red pen. Corrections are dated November and December 1926. The first six pages comprise a dictated copy of the Rules of the Nottingham General Hospital Nurses' Memorial Home (MS 805/1);

Programme for a Grand Bazaar in aid of Nottingham Children's Hospital, 1901 (MS 805/2);

Mounted black and white photograph showing three nurses and a surgeon attending a patient lying on an operating theatre bed, captioned 'Ear Nose and Throat Theatre - me on left', n.d. [1920s] (MS 805/3/1); and printed copy engraving showing the Nurses' Home at Nottingham General Hospital, signed in ink by Alan Sherwin, n.d. [after 1923] (MS 805/3/2);

Printed book, 'A First Course in Hygiene', by Robert A. Lyster, revised and enlarged by Col. R.J. Blackham (7th edn, London: University Tutorial Press Ltd., 1926). (MS 805/4);

Printed book, 'The Nurses's Dictionary', originally compiled by Honnor Morten, revised by Florence Taylor (50th printing, London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1942). (MS 805/5);

Administrative / Biographical History

Little is known about Honoria (Norah) Frayne beyond what can be ascertained from the contents of this collection. She was born in the Shardlow registration district in late 1905, and entered the School of Nursing at Nottingham General Hospital, aged 20, on 1 November 1926. According to her training record (Uhg/T1/1) she was living at 69 Wilsthorpe Lane, Long Eaton, and had been a millinery assistant. She completed her training in May 1931 and went into private nursing. The Nurses Memorial Home at Nottingham General Hospital, where she lived during the period of her training, had opened in 1923. She married Henry Brittle in 1933 and lived in Nottingham.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

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Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The collection was given to the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham, by a family member in 1992.

Related Material

The Nursing and Hygiene notebook is similar to Uhg/T 11/1 and MS 817. See also the records of the Nottingham Children's Hospital (Uhc)


MS 805/2 appears in Lucia Crothall, 'Let's Begin with the Children: Children's Hospital 1869-1978' (1978).