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Administrative records of the Royal London Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 LH/A/1, 15-22, 26
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: Administrative records of the Royal London Hospital
Date(s): 1740-1980
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Royal London Hospital records
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Extent: 5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Royal London Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

Executive authority of the London Hospital was at first split between several officers: the Secretary, the Steward, the Apothecary and the Chaplain all exercised varying degrees of authority at different times. In 1806 the first Superintendent was appointed, and in 1810 John Jenkinson was elected Steward and Superintendent. In 1816 he also took over the office of Apothecary. After his death, in 1818, the office of Superintendent was separated from that of Apothecary and united with the office of Chaplain. The title of this office was changed to House Governor, the principal Executive Officer of the Hospital.

The reports of Superintendents and House Governors were made to meetings of the House Committee. The House Committee appointed two of its number to be House Visitors every fortnight. Their duties were to inspect the Hospital and report their findings. Their duties were to inspect the Hospital and report their findings.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative records of the Royal London Hospital, formerly London Hospital, 1741-1980, notably Charter of Incorporation, 1758, bye-laws, 1758-1819, rules of the Samaritan Society, 1815, copy charter, bye-laws and House Committee standing orders, 1810-1922, Acts, 1853-1884, including London Hospital Act, 1884; agreement for the establishment of the College Board, 1879; bye-laws of the Medical College; standing orders, notably for Surgeons and Physicians, House Officers, Sisters, 1838-1949; Grant of Arms, 1927;
London Hospital annual reports, 1741-1800, including tables of patients treated, accounts; printed annual reports, 1786-1978, including abstracts from bye-laws, accounts, lists of Governors, regulations and report of the Samaritan Society, later Marie Celeste Samaritan Society, 1791-1922; House Visitors books, containing reports on hospital inspections, 1750-1924;
reports to the House Committee, comprising Superintendent's and House Governor's report books, 1811-1830, recording daily events at the Hospital; Physicians and Surgeons report book, 1836-1867; various reports and papers, 1779-1931, concerning interests of individual staff and general Hospital matters, notably address by William Blizard concerning cholera, 1831; report on Hospital costs and expenditure, 1875, 1880; enlargement of Medical School, 1885; patients' diets, 1877, 1901; Out-Patient Department, 1906, 1910, 1924-1925, 1931; Massage Department, 1907; annual reports of Lady Almoners, 1910-1914; staff increases, [1910]; syphilis, 1913; effects of a National Health Service on Out-Patient treatment, 1919; provision of a Venereal Disease clinic, 1927; proposed Hospital extension, 1864; nurses' diet and leave, accommodation, salaries, uniforms, recruitment, pensions, training; Nursing Department annual reports, 1877-1926; reports and correspondence of Sydney Holland and Eva Lückes on nursing staff and conditions, 1896;
inventories of fixtures and fittings, 1796-1824; registers and lists of Life Governors, 1841, 1859-1948; register of Medical and Surgical Staff, 1849-1890, registers of appointments of Medical and Surgical Officers, 1888-1954; testimonials and papers of applicants for medical and surgical posts, 1744-1926, including as Dressing Pupils, Physicians, Surgeons, Dental Surgeons; registers of lay, domestic and ancillary staff, [1867]-1942, including Surveyor's Department Staff, [1890]-1933, domestic and ancillary staff, [1910]-1940, lay staff, [1867]-1942; sermons given at anniversary celebrations, 1747-1782, 1834, with list of subscribers and Hospital accounts;
press cuttings and scrap books relating to the Hospital, 1833-1980, including opening of the Grocer's Wing, 1876; Eva Lückes' response to her detractors, 1890; opening of Out-Patient Department, 1903; World War One, 1914-1918; death of Lord Knutsford, 1931; Moorgate Underground Accident, 1975; Women medical students, 1919-1922; scrapbooks, [1870]-1977, containing programmes, notices, letters, circulars, photographs, including opening of the Grocer's Wing, 1876; appeals for funds, 1902-1946; London Hospital Festival, 1977; diary recording events at the Hospital during the Second World War, [1939-1945].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

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:

A catalogue is available at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

Archival Information

Archival history:

The House Governor's report books 1826-1830 were purchased from the Library of Reginald Cholmondeley of Candover Hall, Shropshire, in 1887.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Some of the applications for medical and surgical posts were transferred from The London Hospital Medical College in March 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Committee records of the London Hospital, 1740-1968 (reference: LH/A/2-3, 5-10, 12-13), records of the governing bodies of the hospital (reference: LH/A/4, 11, 13), papers of London Hospital House Governors and Secretaries (reference: LH/A/23-24) and papers of Chairmen of the London Hospital House Committee, 1898-1948 (reference: LH/A/25) are held at the Royal London Hospital archives and museum.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Historical Manuscripts Commission On-line National Register of Archives. 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:
May 2001

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