AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Radiology Department of the London Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 LH/RL
Held at: Royal London Hospital
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at,-history-and-archives/the-royal-london-archives/ ›
Full title: Radiology Department of the London Hospital
Date(s): 1924-[1965]
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Royal London Hospital records
View parent record
Extent: 2 volumes
Name of creator(s): London Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

X-ray apparatus was first introduced at the London Hospital in 1896 by Dr W S Hedley, head of the Electro-therapeutic Department. Along with Ernest Harnack, Senior Clerk to the Medical and Surgical Registrars, he built up one of the first x-ray departments in the country.

In 1903 the Department was transferred to the Hospital's new out-patient department. Finsen lights were used for the treatment of skin conditions, such as rodent ulcers (basal cell carcinomas), ringworm and lupus vulgaris, and x-rays for diagnostic purposes and treatment of other conditions other than those of the skin. Dr James H Sequeira headed the section specialising in radiotherapy and the use of Finsen lights. Dr Hedley retired in 1905, and Dr E Morton (1867-1944) was appointed electrotherapist, and became a leading figure in the development of radiotherapy in Britain. He was replaced in 1909 by Dr Sebastian Gilbert Scott, head of the department until 1930. He was primarily a diagnostic radiologist, but also was also interested in and developed the treatment of disease with radiation.

A Society for Radiographers was established by Reginald Blackall, one of the London Hospital's X-ray Martyrs. In 1943 separate departments of radiotherapy and radiology were established at the London Hospital.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Radiology Department of the London Hospital, 1924-[1965], comprising visitors book, 1924-1959; School of Radiography and Radiotherapy prospectus, [1965].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

2 volumes

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 list is available at the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred by Dr I Wylie, Chairman of the Department of Radiology in 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of the Radiotherapy Department, 1903-1961 (reference: LH/RA), case notes, 1889-1944, including laboratory and radiological reports (reference: LH/M), standing orders for staff (reference: LH/A/1), photographs of x-ray treatment, [1905-1910], slides commemorating 'London Hospital 100 Years of X-rays' (1996), including early x-rays, patient records of the Light Department, 1900-1952 (LH/M/4), records of the Dermatology Department (reference: LH/DER), held by the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum. Plates of early x-rays and posters are held by the department. Papers of Sebastian Gilbert Scott, 1906-1935, including photographs of radiographs, patients, correspondence, clinical photographs and notes and radiographs, held by Dr A M K Thomas.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

'Radiology at the London Hospital, 1896-1909', London Hospital Gazette 1996 by Jean Guy; A History of Radiotherapy at the London Hospital 1896-1996 by H F Hope-Stone (Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum, London, 1999).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
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:
July 2001

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"