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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H11/QAF
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1839-1973
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.42 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Queen Adelaide Fund


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Queen Adelaide Fund was founded in the 1830s to support the work of Hanwell Asylum. It had come to the attention of the chairman of the Asylum, Colonel James Clitherow, that when cured patients were discharged from the asylum many of them were forced to enter the workhouse as their furniture, tools and even clothes had been sold to support their families while they were being treated. The Fund provided such patients with a grant to enable them to resume their jobs and reunite their families.

The fund was supported by Queen Adelaide, consort of William IV, who was also a patron of the Hanwell Asylum. She was the first subscriber to the Fund, donating 100 as well as her name.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Queen Adelaide Fund, including declarations of trust, 1839-1870; letter from Dr J Connolly calling for the expansion of the fund, 1840; reports of the Committee for Increasing the Queen Adelaide Fund, 1840; funeral sermon for Colonel James Clitherow, 1841; regulations for management of the fund, 1842; list of subscribers, 1845; financial accounts, 1840-1973; recommendation books (listing patients put forward for grants), 1842-1933; photograph of a portrait of Colonel James Clitherow, 1960. Also book of recommendation for the London (Surrey) Benevolent Fund, 1892-1899.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright Depositor

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records relating to Hanwell Asylum were recieved in multiple accessions from 1983 onwards.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

See The Times newspaper for reports of the foundation of the Fund.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
February 2009

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