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Medical Club of the London Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0387 ML
Held at: Barts Health NHS Trust Archives (Royal London Hospital Archives)
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Full title: Medical Club of the London Hospital
Date(s): 1792-2000
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 0.75 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Hospital Medical Club
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical Club has its origins in the series of anniversary dinners of gentlemen educated at the London Hospital, which began in 1792. The dinners have been held regularly, except in wartime, ever since.

The Club was formally established in 1838 when it was agreed that membership be given to former students paying the annual subscription of 2 guineas, later reduced to 25 shillings. The Club's affairs were run by a committee, later succeeded by a smaller Executive Council. Between 1867 and 1887 Biennial Festivals of the London Hospital Medical College were held, and club dinners given on alternate years. In 1881 a benevolent fund was started for the relief of widows and orphans of alumni, to fund entrance scholarships for the Medical College. An employment agency, originally run unofficially by the Surgeon's Beadle, was adopted by the Club in about 1905. It provided locums and assistants for Old Londoners in general practice.

In the 1970s the Club took over the anniversary dinner, which had for many years been organised by the Hospital's Medical Council. The Medical Club also relaunched The London Hospital Gazette in 1975, in association with the Dental Club. The Club was active in several appeals, including the Medical College Bicentenary Appeal. In 2000 the London Hospital Medical Club merged with the London Hospital Dental Club and Barts Alumni Association, to form the Barts and The London Alumni Association.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes, constitutional and membership papers, meeting and agenda papers, secretary's papers, medical agency papers and miscellaneous papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See Scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Some material may be restricted. Please contact the repository in the first instance.

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:

See 'Detailed catalogue' link above.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by the Council of the Medical Club in 1986, 1989 and 1999.

Allied Materials

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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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