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Baby tags

The tags attached around the ankles of new-born babies may provide one of the most significant forms of NHS personal memorabilia. In the past, the handwritten nature of tags emphasised the personal nature of these objects. Many parents have held on to baby tags. We would like to know more about the emergence of this practice, the changing nature of the tags, and the history of how these objects have been held on to within families. Recently there has been a move towards electronic tagging, with an increased emphasis on the importance of security in hospitals.


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