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SPILSBURY, Sir Bernard (1877-1947)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 PP/SPI
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: SPILSBURY, Sir Bernard (1877-1947)
Date(s): [1900]-1930
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1000 slides
Name of creator(s): Spilsbury | Sir | Bernard Henry | 1877-1947 | Knight | pathologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, Leamington Hastings, Warwickshire, 1877; educated, Magdalen College, Oxford and St Mary's Hospital, London; specialized in the new science of forensic pathology; made his name at the trial of Crippen, 1910; Honorary Pathologist, Home Office; Lecturer in Forensic Medicine, University College Hospital, London School of Medicine for Women, and St Thomas's Hospital; Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine; Knight, 1923; expert witness for the Crown and involved in many notable murder trials; died, 1947.


Scope and content/abstract:

Forensic medicine microscopic slides of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, [1900]-1930, notably relating to the Crippen murder, 1910, Siddon case, 1912, 'Brides in the Bath' murders, 1915, Mahon case, 1924.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The slides are unsorted.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the archives should first contact the Trust Archivist, the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London, E1 1BB, 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 slides are unlisted.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The slides were donated by Professor J Malcolm Cameron to the Forensic Medicine Department and transferred to the Archives in 1992.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the London Hospital Medical College Forensic Medicine Department, 1936-[1980] (reference: MC/FM).

Publication note:

Death under the Microscope. Some cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury and others by Harold Dearden (Hutchinson & Co, London, 1934); Bernard Spilsbury. His life and cases by Douglas Gordon Browne and Eric Vivian Tullett (George G Harrap & Co, London, 1951).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives; British Library Public on-line catalogue. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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 2001

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