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Belgrave Hospital for Children

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0100 KCLCA BH
Held at: King's College London College Archives
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Full title: Belgrave Hospital for Children
Date(s): 1902-1948
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
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Extent: 218 volumes
Name of creator(s): Belgrave Hospital for Children | London


Administrative/Biographical history:

Belgrave Hospital for Children, a voluntary hospital, was founded in 1866. New buildings were constructed at no 1 Clapham Road, London SW9 (Kennington, Lambeth) between 1899 and 1926 to an innovative design. Under the National Health Service Act (1946), in 1948 the hospital was amalgamated with King's College Hospital as part of the King's College Hospital Group (a teaching group managed by a Board of Governors), but remained a children's hospital. The Belgrave Hospital for Children closed after a new hospital, the Variety Club Children's Hospital, opened in 1985. The building was restored in the 1990s after some years of neglect.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Belgrave Hospital for Children, 1902-1948, comprising minutes of the medical sub-committee, 1902-1921 (1 volume); case notes, 1904-1948 (216 volumes); admissions register, 1929-1931, including an index (1 volume).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Case notes are arranged chronologically.

Conditions governing access:

Case notes touching on the privacy of named individuals are closed for 100 years. Otherwise records are open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services, King's College London.

Finding aids:

A typescript list giving the dates, personnel (to 1937) and (from 1937) reference numbers associated with the case notes is available in the reading room at King's College London Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Case notes were transferred to the Royal College of Physicians in 1965-1966.

Immediate source of acquisition:

In 1984 the transfer of papers, including case notes of the Belgrave Hospital, from the Royal College of Physicians to King's College London Archives was agreed. In 1990 Martin Mottram retrieved the minute book from the derelict hospital and gave it to King's College London Archives. The admissions register was retrieved from the derelict hospital by Patricia Methven, King's College Archivist.

Allied Materials

Related material:

King's College London Archives holds the records of King's College Hospital (Ref: KH), some sub-fonds of which include material relating to the Belgrave Hospital after amalgamation in 1948.

London Metropolitan Archives hold annual reports of the Belgrave Hospital, 1898-1947 (Ref: SC/PPS/093/03,82).

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: AIM25 description of the records of King's College Hospital; lists of King's College Hospital records (Ref: KH) at King's College London Archives; online Public Record Office and Wellcome Trust's Hospital Records Database at; English Hospitals 1660-1948, ed Harriet Richardson (Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, Swindon, 1998), pp 112-114.

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:
Feb 2001

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