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Royal London Hospital

Mildmay Mission Hospital


Reference code(s): GB 0387 MM

Held at: Royal London Hospital

Title: Mildmay Mission Hospital

Date(s): 1878-1996

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 4 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Royal London Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Mildmay Mission Hospital has its origins in the work of the Reverend William Pennefeather and his team of Christian women, later known as Deaconesses, who began their work of visiting the sick of the East End of London during the Cholera outbreak of 1866. Throughout its existence the Mildmay has stressed its role as a Christian centre as well as a General Hospital. The first Medical Mission Hospital opened in 1877 and moved to its present site in Hackney Road in 1892. The Hospital was recognised for the training of nurses in 1883. As well as the Mildmay Mission Hospital, the Mildmay Medical Mission maintained the Mildmay Cottage Hospital, later re-named the Memorial Hospital, and the Old Ford Medical Mission.

In 1948 the Mildmay Mission Hospital was incorporated into the National Health Service as part of the North East Metropolitan Regional Board's Central (No 5) Group of Hospitals. It was transferred to the East London Group in 1966, and in 1974 became part of the Tower Hamlets Health District. The hospital was closed at the end of 1982. It has now re-opened outside the National Health Service as a facility for HIV/AIDS patients and their families.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Mildmay Mission Hospital, 1878-1996, comprising minutes of the Mildmay Mission Hospitals Sub-Committee, later Mildmay Hospitals Committee, 1898, 1903-1937; minutes of the Council, 1917-1945; minutes of the House Committee, later Executive Committee, minutes, 1909-1966; minutes of the Executive Committee, 1918-1943; minutes of the Finance Committee, 1917-1918, 1947-1948 (the House and Finance Committees were amalgamated to form the Executive Committee in 1918); minutes of the Medical Committee, 1912-1982; minutes of the Nursing Committee, 1941-1966; annual reports, including the work of the Mildmay Mission Hospital, the Medical Mission at Old Ford, general mission work at Turville Street, Bethnal Green and Ossulston Convalescent Home, High Barnet, Hertfordshire, 1878-1947; staff joining and leaving books, 1962-1983; papers concerning building extensions, 1938-1965; post of Medical Superintendant, 1951-1954; Queen Mary Hostel, Hoxton Street, 1964-1970; organisation of Hospital medical work, 1968; Junior Doctors, 1968-1969; new nurses' home, 1970-1974; Hospital under the National Health Service Act (1946), 1970; histories of the Hospital, 1977-1996;

patient records, comprising in-patient registers, 1877-1912; admission and discharge registers, 1966-1983; operation registers, 1892-1982; mortuary registers, 1903-1914, 1927-1945, 1966-1972; casualty registers, 1961-1981; case notes, 1952-1953, 1970;

nursing records, comprising nursing registers, including probationers, trained nurses and Mildmay Deaconesses, giving details of service, progress and appointments,1886-1948; registers of sisters and nurses, 1937-1948;

photographs of the Mildmay Mission Hospital, [1970-1980], comprising external and internal views and centenary celebrations, 1977.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as follows: administrative records; patient records; nursing records; photographs.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the archives should first contact the Trust Archivist, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB, for an appointment.

All records containing details of treatment of identified patients are confidential and access to them may be restricted, subject to access arrangements under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000 and the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

A list is available at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:

Casualty registers have been selected to cover census years and the fifth year in between.


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were transferred from the hospital from 1984, and from the Mildmay Mission Hospital's League of Friends in 1992. The photographs were transferred from the Public Relations Department of the London Hospital.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Records of nurses after 1948 (reference: LH/N and LH/NE), held by the Royal London Hospital archives and museum.

Some records are held by the Mildmay Mission Hospital by the Honorary Archivist, and administrative records, 1897-1947, are held by London Metropolitan Archives.

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Wellcome Library and the Public Record Office HOSPREC: On-Line Hospital Records Database. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2001

Hospitals | Health services
Nursing | Medical sciences
Paramedical personnel | Medical personnel | Medical profession | Medical sciences
Patients | Health services
Photographs | Visual materials
Surgery | Medical sciences
Womens missionary work | Missionary work | Religious activities
Medical institutions
Social sciences
Social welfare

Personal names

Corporate names
Mildmay Medical Mission
Mildmay Mission Hospital
Ossulston Convalescent Home | High Barnet
Queen Mary Hostel | Hoxton Street