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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2989
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1790-1920
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.9 linear metres
Name of creator(s): United Hospitals' Club | medical dining club


Administrative/Biographical history:

The United Hospitals' Club, the second oldest medical dining club in London, was established on 14 February 1828, shortly after the separation in 1825 of the formerly united medical schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals. The rules stated that the club "shall consist of Physicians, Surgeons and Apothecaries, in actual practice, who have been educated either at St Thomas's or Guy's Hospitals". The number of members was limited to twenty-five. Four meetings were held a year at which each member could introduce not more than two professional visitors. Originally most of the members were former students, but by 1936 the club was "made up of equal numbers of the staffs and general practitioners of St Thomas's and Guy's" (from F.G. Parsons, The History of St Thomas's Hospital, vol. III p.68).

A history of the United Hospitals' Club was written in 1928 by Cuthbert Golding-Bird.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the United Hospitals' Club, comprising minutes, members' record books and photograph albums.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minute book ACC/2989/1; Members record book ACC/2989/2; Photograph album ACC/2989/3.

Conditions governing access:

These records are open to public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to closure periods.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in November 1991.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The archives of both St. Thomas' Hospital (Hl/ST) and Guy's Hospital (H9/GY) have been deposited at London Metropolitan Archives.

The records of the two medical schools, now reunited, are in the care of King's College London Archives.

Publication note:

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:
June to August 2010.

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