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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): H01/ST/CH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1912-1965
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 0.68 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Babies Hostel | 1918-1922 x Dietetic Hospital for Sick Babies and Mothers | 1922-1924 x St Thomas Cornwall Babies' Hostel | 1924 -1927 x St Thomas' Babies' Hostel | 1927-1965 x Psychiatric Day Hospital for Children and Their Families | 1965-1990


Administrative/Biographical history:

From the end of the First World War until 1922 No 35 Black Prince Road, Kennington, London, was used as a model Day Nursery. In 1922 wards were opened for the treatment of children with dietary disturbances and difficulty feeding. The hospital also included a scheme for training Nursery Nurses, and the nursery was renamed The Babies Hostel. The Hostel joined Saint Thomas' Hospital in 1924 when the lease of the building was presented to the Hospital by Mrs E. Mitchison, in memory of her son, Lieutenant Anthony Mitchison, who had died in action in the First World War. From 1924 to 1927 it was called Saint Thomas' Cornwall Babies Hostel, since it stood on land belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall. It was renamed Saint Thomas' Babies Hostel in 1927, when it became affiliated to the Association of Nursery Training Colleges.

During the war the hostel was evacuated first to Cricklade, Wiltshire, from 1939 to 1942, and then to Greys, near Guildford, Surrey from 1942 to 1946. In August 1962 a day hospital for disturbed children under five and their parents was started at the Babies Hostel for three days a week. From 1965 the hostel was devoted entirely to the work and was renamed the Psychiatric Day Hospital for Children and their Families. The records held at the London Metropolitan Archives all date from before April 1965 and are the records of the Babies Hostel.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the St Thomas' Babies Hostel, London, including Committee of Management minute book, 1940-1948; Matron's report book, 1929-1948; annual reports, 1925-1948; prospectuses for the Nursery Nurse training course, [1930-1950]; particulars of students on the Nursery Nurse training course, 1945-1965; financial records, 1930-1958; invitation to a reception to mark the transition of St Thomas' Babies Hostel to a day hospital for disturbed children, with a brief history of the hostel, 1965; papers collected by Miss E. Baldock, matron 1945-1965, including prospectuses, articles, prints, programmes and administrative papers, 1930-1957; photographs of patients and nurses at work, 1948-1953, including photographs of the evacuation to Greys, Puttenham Corner, Surrey, 1942-1946.

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System of arrangement:

These records are arranged according to a classification scheme for hospital records: class A, Administrative records, class C, Records of Nurses and Students, class D, Financial Records, class Y, Miscellaneous and class Z, Photographs.

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

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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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