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Westminster Hospital Medical School

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0098 Westminster Hospital Medical School
Held at: Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
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Full title: Westminster Hospital Medical School
Date(s): 1885-1986
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: approximately 33 volumes
Name of creator(s): Westminster Hospital Medical School


Administrative/Biographical history:

Westminster Hospital Medical School was established in 1834 as a private school in Dean Street, London, by administrators and medical staff, notably G J Guthrie. By 1841, the hospital governors decided to purchase the buildings. Problems with the lease, along with difficulties in providing a specimen museum, led to falling numbers and revenue and the school halted in 1847. It was restablished in 1849, financed by the lecturers paying for their chairs. The establishment of a specimen museum meant students no longer needed to study anatomy at King's College. A histology laboratory was added in 1874, and the chemistry laboratories added in 1885. A new building in Caxton Street was opened in 1885, financed by the hospital, lecturers, the City of London and subscriptions.
In 1905, the teaching of pre-clinical subjects ended at Westminster, and moved to King's College. The school was taken over by the army in 1914 to train pathologists for the war effort. Student numbers and the school suffered as a result, and it was only after 1920 that numbers improved.
A new medical school was opened in 1938, adjacent to the new hospital in St John's Gardens. The school moved again to enlarged premises in Page Street, Westminster in 1966.
The school merged with Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in 1984 and became known as the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. In 1993, the school moved with the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to newly built premises on the site of the old St Stephen's Hospital on Fulham Road. The school became part of Imperial College School of Medicine on its formation in 1997.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Westminster Hospital Medical School, later Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, 1885-1986, comprising minutes of the Academic Board, 1948-1984; minutes of the Finance Committee and Council, 1948-1984; minutes of the School of Medicine Committee and Council, 1933-1961; minutes of the Library Committe, 1948-1986; minutes of the Brabazon House Committee, 1948-1962; students' registers, 1890-1973; exam results, 1934-1985; prospectuses, 1947-1984; Westminster Hospital Reports, 1885-1934; copies of The Broadway, 1899-1970.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are unsorted.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the College Archivist, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

A photocopying service is available at the discretion of the Archivist. Photocopies are supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

The records are unlisted.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Accumulated by Imperial College of Science,

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of Westminster Hosital, 1627-1974, held at the London Metropolitan Archives, 1871-1874, held at the Surrey History Centre, 1719-1733, held at the City of Westminster Archives Centre, 1929-1970, held at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Imperial College School of Medicine: A History of the Future Anne Barrett; Wellcome Trust and Public Record Office Hospital Records Database. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions:
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:
January 2001

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