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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4251
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1971-1985
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.82 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Rayner | Claire Berenice | 1931-2010 | journalist and author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Claire Rayner was born in January 1931 in London, and died in October 2010. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Northern Hospital, London winning the gold medal for outstanding achievement when she became an SRN in 1954. She also studied midwifery at Guy's Hopsital, worked at Royal Free Hospital and as a Paediatric Sister at the Whittington Hospital.

She is probably best known as an "Agony Aunt", and has written over 90 books both fiction and non-fiction cover topics such as home-nursing, sex-education, baby and child care. Her fiction has covered scenarios from medical ethics, to crime, to the Holocaust.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to the Claire Rayner novels The Performers, a twelve book series about London which traces a family from the 1800s. The series contains draft manuscripts of each volume along with research, time lines and notes on political events, dress, religion, travel, medicine, foreign affairs, industry and agriculture covering the period during which the novels are set.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in order of the number of the book in the series.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in two accessions in 2000 and 2001.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
August to October 2010.

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