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Children's Hospital Hampstead

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 H71/CHH
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: Children's Hospital Hampstead
Date(s): 1876-1948
Level of description: Sub fonds
Extent: 2 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Hospital and Home for Incurable Children
Northcourt Hospital and Home for Sick Children
Hampstead Hospital for Children
The Children's Hospital, Hampstead


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Children's Hospital Hampstead was founded in 1875 as a voluntary institution, situated in Maida Vale, and was originally called the Hospital and Home for Incurable Children. It took sick children up to the age of 16, whereafter they were returned to family and friends. It moved to College Crescent, Hampstead in 1904, and in 1919 changed its name to Northcourt Hospital and Home for sick children, in view of the fact that many diseases which a few years earlier would have rendered their sufferers incurable could be treated. In 1928 it was renamed the Hampstead Hospital for Children, and finally, in 1929, the name became the Children's Hospital Hampstead, to avoid confusion with Hampstead General Hospital.
At the outbreak of World War Two the hospital was requisitioned by the War Office. Throughout the war years various plans were proposed for its future use, including a merger with the Hampstead General, but these never materialised. The hospital joined the Royal Free Group when the NHS came into being in 1948, and the building was used firstly as the School of Nursing Preliminary Training School (PTS) and then as a nurses' home from then until its sale in 1990.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of the Childrens' Hospital Hampstead, 1876-1948, formerly known as the Hospital and Home for Incurable Children, (1875-1919), Northcourt Hospital and Home for Sick Children, (1919-1928) and Hampstead Hospital for Children, (1928-1929); comprising:
Administrative records, notably Annual Reports, 1876-1948; Annual General Meeting minutes, 1915-1945; Management Committee minutes, 1876-1948; Secretary's reports, 1933-1939 and correspondence 1928-1936; House Committee minutes 1937-1939 and reports, 1934-1939; Resident Medical Officer's reports, 1936-1939.
Financial records, including Honorary Treasurer's reports, 1934-1937; nominal ledger, 1931-1948; Finance Committee minutes and reports, 1929-1939.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Papers arranged according to originating department.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The provenance of the records of the Children's Hospital Hampstead, and details of their transfer to the Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre, were not recorded, but it is thought either that they were preserved with the administrative records of the Hampstead General or left in the basement of the house in College Crescent and cleared when it was sold. No patient records have survived.

The records were transferred along with the rest of the Royal Free Hospital and associated collections from the archives centre to London Metropolitan Archives in 2013.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in December 2013.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of other hospitals in the Royal Free Group, notably the Royal Free Hospital (H71/RF) and Hampstead General Hospital (H71/HG).

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

An Illustrated History of the Royal Free Hospital by Lynne A Amidon, published by the Special Trustees of the Royal Free Hospital, London, 1996, contains material on the other hospitals in the Royal Free Group.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Created Feb 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), second edition, 1999 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Created 02/15/2001, revised Nov 2001 and May 2014.

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