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Administrative records of the London Hospital Medical College

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 MC/A
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: Administrative records of the London Hospital Medical College
Date(s): 1752-1996
Level of description: Sub-fonds of London Hospital Medical College records
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Extent: 30 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Hospital Medical College


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London Hospital Medical College was opened in 1785 by William Blizard and Dr James Maddocks. The College was run by the physicians and surgeons in an informal manner until 1831. The medical practitioners teaching in the College then formed themselves into an association of "Lecturers on and Teachers of Medicine, Surgery and Anatomy and other Sciences connected therewith at the Theatre attached to the London Hospital", by deed of covenant. The association became the Medical Council of the London Hospital School in 1847, and membership was extended to include the assistant physicians and surgeons.
In 1855, the Medical and Surgical Officers of the Hospital took over the management of the College from the Medical Council, as the London Hospital College Council. In practice, the Medical College and the College Council consisted of the same people. The College was managed by the College Council (later Medical Council) from 1855 to 1876, and the Medical Council continued to be heavily involved with the affairs of the College. In 1876 the Medical Council and the Board of Governors jointly established a College Board, comprising members of the House Committee and Medical Council. The Medical Council became less involved with the Medical College's affairs, and transferred its executive functions to the College Board.

The Dental School of the London Hospital Medical College opened in 1911 and was managed by the Dental Council. The Dental Education Committee was established by resolution of the College Board in March 1945. In 1948 the College Board was abolished with the introduction of the National Health Service. Overall management passed to a Council of Governors and its standing Committee which was, in effect, the continuation of the Finance Committee of the College Board. Education matters were the concern of the Academic Board.

The Yarrow Research Fund Committee was established by a trust deed dated 19th January 1909 and was managed on behalf of the College Board by administrators.
The Advisory Committee was appointed by the College Board in July 1919 to consider certain cases of students for admission. The Library Committee, previously the Library and Museum Committee, merged with the Library Advisory Committee in 1974.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative records of the Royal London Hospital Medical College, 1752-1996, comprising minutes of the London Hospital Medical Council, 1846-1880; minutes of the College Board, 1876-1947, and agendas, 1909-1920;
minutes, reports and papers of College Board Ad hoc and Special Committees, 1880-1957, notably Library and Museum Committee, 1880-1920; Building and Furnishing Committee, 1880-1920; College Rules and Students' Club Committees, Committee concerning the teaching of Practical Chemistry, service and attendance in the College, 1880-1885; Committees relating to the teaching of Pathological Histology and condition of the Pathological Department; teaching of Practical and Operative Surgery, Practical Midwifery, Medical Jurisprudence, Toxicology and Public Health, Chemistry, prizes and scholarships, teaching of first year students; supervision of Registrars, College expenses, 1885-1893; report on diminishing student entries, 1892; Committees relating to the London University Commission, prizes & scholarships, teaching of Chemistry, Physiology and Biology and instruction in Anaesthetics, rules for Assistant Anaesthetists and Clinical Assistants, Instructors in Elementary Clinical Medicine, institution of a Bacteriology Department, 1893-1900; standing orders for obstetrical, medical and surgical registrars, 1893; Committees relating to instruction in Anaesthetics, teaching in Biology; recognition of teachers and privileges of students under arrangements made by the University of London, 1900-1920; organisation of the Pathological Department, 1902; teaching and research in advanced subjects; Clinical Lectures and Schorstein Memorial; proposed Dental School, 1911; scheme for an Innoculation department, 1906; Midwifery teaching, 1906; course in Practical Pharmacy, 1907; annual reports of the Museum Curator, 1908-1913; draft scheme for co-operation between London Hospital Medical College and East London College, 1908; reports on lecturers' salaries, 1911-1919; Advisory Committee on Admission of Students, 1920-1936; minutes of the Finance Committee, 1945-1947; Library Committee, 1934-1974; Pre-clinical Committee, 1940-1957; Committee on Salaries of Teachers and Servants, 1927-1940; Statistical Committee, 1909-1911; Yarrow Research Fund Committee, 1909-1930, and copy of trust deed, 1909; Research Funds Committee, 1930-1931;
minutes of the Council of Governors, including minutes of some Ad Hoc Committees and agenda papers, 1948-1995; minutes of the Council of Governors Standing Committee, 1947-1994;
minutes of the Academic Board, 1947-1995, including agenda papers, [1990]-1995; minutes of the Academic Board Committees, 1961-1995, comprising Advisory Committee on Students, 1961-1964; House Appointments Committee, 1963-1971; Library Advisory Committee, 1966-1995; Medical Interdepartmental Committee, 1969-1976; Staff / Student Committee, 1970-1977; Standing Medical Advisory Group, 1978-1988; Academic Division of Surgery, 1972-1988; Clinical Academic Division, 1989-1990; Planning and Resources Committee, 1991-1992; Medical Education Committee, 1977-1995; minutes of the Dental School Committee, later the Dental Council, 1911-1955; Dental Education Committee, 1945-1976;

registers of seals of the Council of Governors, 1948-1994; Medical College annual reports, 1882-1990; prospectuses, 1868-1996, including Dental School from 1937, year books from 1960; Dental School prospectuses, 1911-1937; Medical and Dental Directories, 1912-1965, giving names and addresses of practitioners educated at the London Hospital and Medical College; programmes for presentation of prizes, including lists of prize winners and lists of publications from the Hospital laboratories and wards, 1938-1962; visitors books, 1887-1990; servants' book, 1900-1930; roll of Fellows, 1986-1988; papers relating to Visitations, [1950-1990]; miscellaneous papers, 1752-1947, notably newspaper cuttings on various subjects, including members of staff, 1752-1945; correspondence relating to the award of medals to pupils, 1846-1847; correspondence of various members of staff, 1847-1944, including E J Burdon, 1916-1944 (Secretary to the College, 1910-1946); programmes for prizegivings and events, 1875-1939; copies of the agreement between the Hospital Governors and Medical and Surgical Officers, 1879; Charter of Incorporation of the Hospital, 1758;
register of bodies used for anatomical examination, 1884-1933; list of students, 1904-1915.

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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The archives were transferred to the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum in 1995.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Notes from minutes of the "Lecturers and Teachers of Medicine, Surgery and Anatomy and other Sciences connected therewith at the Theatre attached to the London Hospital", 1831-1837 (later the Medical Council) in James Luke's notebook (reference: LH/X/13/8) and records of the Medical Council after 1880 (reference: LM) are held by the Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum. Papers of A E Clarke-Kennedy, held at Corpus Christie College, Cambridge.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

LHMC 1785-1985: The Story of the London Hospital Medical College John Ellis (London Hospital Medical Club, 1986); The Dental School of the London Hospital Medical College, 1911-1991 S Francis Fish (The London Hospital Dental Club and London Hospital Medical College, 1991).

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:
May 2001

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