Hospital staff, c. 1900

A large group of hospital staff in uniforms posing in the grounds of the hospital, c. 1900

Here we see how uniforms (and the day clothes of the physician) show rank, with the nursing staff in light-coloured dress underneath the apron, and darker colours marking seniority. Matron does not wear an apron, and is seated centrally in front of the physician, who is wearing normal day gentleman’s day clothes. Nursing uniforms are still quite similar to the original model designed by a student of Florence Nightingale.

Image courtesy of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.