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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/PH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1876-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 5.45 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council delegated administrative matters to its committees, both standing committees and a number of special committees appointed for specific purposes. The committees met frequently, either weekly or fortnightly, while the Council met weekly. Committee reports requiring decision by the Council were dealt with weekly, and each committee reported to the Council every 6 months. In addition the Council also had representatives on many bodies such as industrial councils, school governing bodies and charitable foundations. For the purpose of carrying out the services of the Council, the staff is organised into departments, each of which is under the responsibility of a chief officer.

The Clerk of the Council was the chief administrative officer of the Council, acting as the clerk of the Council itself as well as the various committees. Additional important duties of the Clerk's Department included the maintenance of the library for members of the Council at City Hall, the preparation of general publications and the responsibility for general work including records.

Committees concerned with public health:
Sanitary and Special Purposes Committee, 1889-1891
Public Health and Housing Committee, 1891-1896
Public Health Committee, 1896-1930
Central Public Health Committee, 1929-1934
Hospital and Medical Services Committee, 1934-1948
Housing and Public Health Committee, 1934-1948
Health Committee, 1948-1965
Asylums Committee, 1889-1914
Asylums and Mental Deficiency Committee, 1914-1922
Mental Hospitals Committee, 1922-1948
Church of England Advisory Committee on Spiritual Ministration, 1932-1964


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to Committees concerned with public health, 1876-1965. Committee Clerk's general papers on a variety of topics including: hospital stewards and clerical staff; massage staff; medical artist and photographer; pathological laboratory staff; pharmacists; radiographers; veterinary surgeon for the Public Control Department; hospital laundries; statistics of patients and staff at hospital; epileptic hospitals; Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot; Norwood Children's Hospital; Princess Mary's Hospital for Children, Margate; Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup; River Hospitals (Joyce Green Hospital, Orchard Hospital and Long Reach Hospital, Dartford and Southern Hospital, Dartford); emergency arrangements for small-pox treatment; St Benedict's Hospital, Tooting; St James' Hospital, Balham plastic surgery unit and central dental workshop; medical education facilities in LCC hospitals; Hammersmith post-graduate Medical School; venereal disease clinics; spiritual ministration in hospitals and institutions; District Nursing; domiciliary midwifery service; Invalid Meals for London; rag and bone dealers; seamen's lodging houses; food and drugs (including milk); National Health Service Act, 1946; alcoholism; domestic home help service; Health Centres and group practices; maternity and child welfare; distribution of welfare foods; ante-natal care; welfare of children in hospitals; preventive mental health education; services for children with impaired hearing; mentally sub-normal children; problem families; chiropody; day nurseries; child minder service; health education; dental treatment and laboratories; tuberculosis; closure of tuberculosis hospitals; chest clinics rehabilitation of the tuberculous; vaccination and immunisation; infectious and endemic diseases; vital and health statistics; mental health statistics; co-operation between hospital, local authority and general practitioner services; liaison with Regional Hospital Boards; family planning clinics; fluoridation of London water supply; polio-myelitis; effect on Health Committee of reorganisation of local government in Greater London; Woodberry Down Health Centre; London Ambulance Service; return of Sanitary Officers and Staff; Licensing Sessions for Slaughterhouses, Cowhouses and Knackers' Yards; bye laws under Public Health Act, 1891; offensive trades; lodging houses; infectious diseases; vagrancy; flies and vermin; removal of dust and refuse; disinfection; factories, workshops and bakeries; cemeteries and burial grounds and cremation; London County Asylums; conference on measles and verminous conditions in London; papers of the Working party on transfer of Personal Health Services to London Boroughs.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/CL/PH/1: Committee Clerk's general papers; LCC/CL/PH/2: Working party on transfer of Personal Health Services to London Boroughs.

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: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also London County Council Public Health department (LCC/PH).

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

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:
April to June 2009

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