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East London Nursing Society

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 EN
Held at: Royal London Hospital
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Full title: East London Nursing Society
Date(s): 1904-1968
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 0.25 linear metres
Name of creator(s): East London Nursing Society
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The East London Nursing Society was established in 1868 with the aim of providing trained nurses to nurse the sick poor in their own homes in East London. Three private nurses were initially engaged to work in Bromley, Poplar and St Philips, Stepney Way. The Society merged with the Metropolitan and National Association for Providing Trained Nurses for the Sick Poor (formed in 1874), becoming its Eastern Division. However in 1881 the East End Branch assumed its original, independent position. Princess Christian became President of the Society in 1883, and in 1891 the Society became affiliated with Queen Victoria's Jubilee Institute for Nurses. From 1912 the Society's nurses began to attend the School Centre in Poplar. In the years that followed, the London County Council and Borough Councils increasingly supported the Society's work. In 1943 the London County Council asked the Society to take responsibility for District midwifery training in the area.


Scope and content/abstract:

Annual reports and 'The History of a Hundred Years: East London Nursing Society 1868 - 1968' by Edith Ramsay, M.B.E. (missing).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See Scope and content.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copying and digitisation services are available for unrestricted material. Researchers should contact the repository in the first instance.

Finding aids:

See 'Detailed catalogue' link above.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the Princess Alexandra and Newham College of Nursing and Midwifery in 1992.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Originally compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Updated by Clare Button, Archivist, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

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, updated April 2020.

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