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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H21/ME
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1894-1952
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5.12 linear metres
Name of creator(s): The London Hospital (Mile End) xx Mile End Old Town Workhouse | 1858-1881 xx Mile End Old Town Infirmary | 1881-1929 xx Mile End Hospital | 1929-1968


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Workhouse on the Bancroft Road site was built by the Board of Guardians of Mile End Old Town in 1858-1859. The foundation stone of the new Infirmary, erected under the powers conferred by the Metropolitan Poor Act, 1867, was laid in February 1881, and it was opened in March 1883. A Nurse Training School was established in 1892. The institution was taken over by the military authorities during the First World War; during the military occupation, the facilities of the hospital were considerably improved. In 1930, when the Hospital passed to the control of the London County Council, it had 550 beds. With the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948, the Hospital became part of the Stepney Group; the Stepney Group Hospital Management Committee was merged with the Central Group in 1966 to form the East London Group. In 1968, Mile End Hospital, together with Saint Clement's Hospital, was transferred to the management of the Board of Governors of the London Hospital. Its designation was changed to the London Hospital (Mile End). As a result of the re-organisation in 1974, it became part of Tower Hamlets Health District.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Mile End Hospital, including admission and discharge registers, 1921-1952; patients' admission and discharge books, 1924-1930; porters' admission and discharge books, 1921-1930; medical superintendent's daily admission books, 1924-1929; creed registers, 1919-1933; index registers, 1937-1944; nursery admission and discharge books, 1930-1936; registers of operations, 1928-1936; casualty registers, 1940-1947; premature discharge book, 1930-1936; mortuary register, 1936-1946; nursing certificate books, 1911-1932 and plan of hospital showing fire watching arrangements, 1940.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

These records are arranged according to a classification scheme for hospital records: General Hospital Administration (A), Patients' Administration (B), Finance Office (D), Endowments (E), Related Documentation (Y) and Prints and Photographs (PH).

Conditions governing access:

These records are open to public inspection, although under section 5(4) of the 1958 Public Records Act administrative records are closed for 30 years and patient records for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: Depositor

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

For the administration of the hospital 1881-1930 see the records of Mile End Old Town Board of Guardians (StBG/ME) and Stepney Board of Guardians Central Public Health Committee and the minutes of Mile end Hospital Sub-Committee (reference LCC/MIN/2562-2564). Records after 1948 have been retained by Tower Hamlets Health Authority. Records of King Edward's Hospital Fund for London include reports on Mile End Hospital 1950-1967 (reference A/KE/735/17, A/KE/738/14).

Publication note:

See also: Beyond Recall: The making of Mile End Hospital by Fraser Cleminson, published by Tower Hamlets Arts Project, 1983.

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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