As well as Steve’s identification of his Mothers half sister on the blog I have been contacted by a number of people with portraits of their own! This is absolutely brilliant and will really enrich our display of Studio Alexander Portraits. I will be meeting up or speaking to all our discoverers over the phone or face to face in the coming weeks so will let you know about the discoveries once I have a few more details for you! But for now…
For the past couple of weeks I have been corresponding with a lovely lady called Barbara Arrowsmith, who got in touch with us with the help of her granddaughter Hannah Bloor. Barbara has identified one of Dorothy’s portraits which is in the exhibition as well as having one of her own-which I hope to bring some information on and image of to this site very soon!
Firstly, Barabara identified this sitter of Dorothy’s as Sheila Curley, with whom Barbara worked and trained with at Hope Hospital in the early 1950s. Sheila was recognised by the authorities as the 1st nursing cadets matron martin, a very high accolade to achieve.
Once this class of nurses had been through their preliminary training they all decided to have their portraits taken in uniform to commemorate the occasion and they chose to do so at Studio Alexander. I’ll bring you some more information on this when I post the nursing portrait from Barbara.
The last Barbara heard Sheila was running a nursing home in Eccles, where she is from, so if anyone knows any more information then please get in touch!