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SYMONS, Cecil (1921-1987)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1530 D7
Held at: Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre
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Full title: SYMONS, Cecil (1921-1987)
Date(s): 1972-1988
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 files
Name of creator(s): Symons | Cecil | 1921-1987 | physician and cardiologist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Cecil Symons (1921-1987) was a physician and cardiologist at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1946 he was appointed Casualty Medical Officer at Hampstead General Hospital. He became Senior Medical Registrar at Hampstead General in 1951, and First Assistant to the Cardiac Department at the Royal Free in 1956. In 1961 he was appointed Consultant Physician at New En Hospital, and in 1968 he also became Consultant Physician and Cardiologist at the Royal Free. On his retirement in 1987 he became Honorary Consultant Physician and Cardiologist, but died a few days later. He is best remembered for his wide-ranging interests, and his activities in the fields of art and collecting of antique medical equipment. He was involved in many extra-mural activites both within the hospital and the local community, and instituted the Works of Art committee and the annual Marsden lecture. He also commissioned the artist Peter Jones in 1972 to make a series of pictorial representations of the old hospitals which were to be demolished to make way for the building of the new Royal Free. These are now held in the Archives Centre, and known as the Symons Bequest.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Cecil Symons, cardiologist, 1972-1988, comprising:
Correspondence on the commissioning of Peter Jones' pictorial representations of the Royal Free Group of Hospitals, 1972-1973, and the subsequent bequest to the Hospital in 1987-1988. Copies of the paintings are exhibited in the RFH Committee Room, and the originals are held in the Archives Centre, and known as the Symons bequest.
Correspondence on the commissioning of the 150th Anniversary group portrait of the RFH Consultants, 1978.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

2 files

Conditions governing access:

Researchers wishing to consult the Archives should first contact the Archivist, Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre, 'The Hoo', 17 Lyndhurst Gardens, London NW3 5NU, for an appointment

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:


Archival Information

Archival history:

After Symons death his widow Jean donated many of his possessions to the institutions in which he had worked. His medical instruments were given to the Royal College of Physicians and much of the material relating to the Royal Free to the Archives Centre.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled Mar 2001, revised by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description ISAD(G), 2nd edition, 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 22 Mar 2001

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