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Administrative records of St Bartholomew's Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0405 HA 1-2, 9-23, 25, 28-33, 35-98, 103
Held at: St Bartholomew's Hospital
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Full title: Administrative records of St Bartholomew's Hospital
Date(s): 1547-1976
Level of description: Subfonds of St Bartholomew's Hospital records
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Extent: 135 volumes and 17 boxes
Name of creator(s): St Bartholomew's Hospital


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1546-1547 St Bartholomew's Hospital was refounded as a secular institution, and placed under the control of twelve unpaid governors elected from the Corporation of London. The most senior governor, frequently the Lord Mayor, was president of the Hospital. Next in seniority was the treasurer, responsible for overseeing the income and expenditure of the Hospital, and ultimately responsible for all paid staff. The other governors served as surveyors (looking after the hospital lands and properties), almoners (responsible for the admission, treatment and welfare of the patients) and scrutineers (with duties relating to gifts, legacies and bequests to the Hospital). This system of governance of St Bartholomew's Hospital changed little until the creation of the National Health Service in 1948.


Scope and content/abstract:

Administrative records of St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1547-1976, comprising minutes of the Board of Governors, 1549-1974, including Churchwardens' accounts for St Nicholas Shambles, 1526-1546, and Christ Church Greyfriars, 1546-1548; draft and duplicate minutes of meetings of the Board of Governors, 1552-1557, 1710-1717, 1863-1905, 1948-1958, and memoranda, 1597-1702; letter books, 1801-1939, containing copies of Clerks' and Treasurers' out-letters, including annual returns of patients, 1830-1863; Treasurers' letter books, 1905-1939, containing letters from the Clerk to the Treasurer; notes and extracts from the minutes of the Board of Governors, 1549-1974; papers relating to staff and Governors, 1547-1984, notably regulations and duties, including clothing allowances for staff, [1880]; rules and orders of the Hospital, 1557-1971; Treasurer's reports, 1905-1947

instructions for air raids, 1915-1917; lists of staff, 1547-1960; wartime preparations, [1939]; charges (orders) to the staff, 1912-1959; correspondence relating to disabled staff, 1949-1953; lists of Governors, 1827-1946; notices of memorial services, 1920-1984, including list of men killed in the First World War; pension scheme for staff, 1899, 1913; leave books for staff and consultants, 1885-1950; correspondence not in letter books, 1855-1961, including with the Royal family, 1903-1904; Governors, 1866, 1938; concerning staff resignations; damage caused by aircraft, 1915; Pneumothorax Clinic, 1939-1940; Solicitors' letter books, 1901-1939;

papers relating to the Second World War, 1927-1943, including correspondence concerning hospital beds in case of war, 1927-1928; Fire watch books, 1942-1943; allocation of beds, 1940; medical treatment, 1939; emergency plans, 1939; notices of bomb damage and casualties, 1940-1941;
correspondence relating to insurance, 1897-1939;

'feast books', 1684-1774, 1812-1903, containing copy menus, catering accounts and lists of stewards for the Anniversary Dinner or Buck Feast; papers relating to building work on the hospital site, 1713-1771, mainly concerning rebuilding from 1730 according to James Gibbs' designs, including estimates and bills; cash and receipt books, 1732-1758;

papers relating to the treatment of soldiers and sailors, 1666-1719, comprising decrees, warrants and petitions, 1666-1710, concerning payment for treatment; accounts, 1689-1719, recording amounts owed to St Bartholomew's for the treatment of individual soldiers and including admission and discharge details;

miscellaneous papers, [1684]-1953, including speeches, [1904-1927], papers relating to dinners, [1684]-1885, invitations for View Day, 1935-1942; notices for the General Courts and House Committees, 1925-1966; papers relating to the City of London and the Greater London Council, 1782-1958;

papers of the Planning Department, 1950-1969, including correspondence relating to the Butcher's Hall, 1950-1955; papers relating to complaints, praise and accidents, 1939-1959, including cases against the Hospital; papers of the Service Department relating to Porters, 1940-1969, comprising correspondence concerning Trade Unions, pay and working conditions; papers relating to the Ministry of Health, including correspondence, 1947-1954; quarterly and annual returns, 1948-1954, including for Alexandra and Hill End Hospitals; papers and reports relating to the Guillebaud Committee, 1954-1957; reception and welfare of in-patients, 1954-1955; clinical research, 1953-1954;

correspondence relating to finance and the Public Accounts Committee, 1956-1962; statistics of gas and electricity consumption at the Hospital, 1924-1938; papers relating to area supplies, 1966-1971, including organisation and policy; agreements between the Hospital and Medical College, 1965-1966; papers relating to the National Association of Hospital Secretaries, 1970-1971; papers concerning the 1974 NHS reorganisation, including correspondence concerning the designation of hospitals, 1965-1970, reports, 1965-1970;

papers relating to legal case brought by the Churchwardens of St Bartholomew the Less concerning income, 1669-1670; legal case brought by the Governors, [1707]; relating to a robbery, [1810];

minutes of the North East Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board Church of England Advisory Committee, 1951-1961; Estates minutes of the Special Trustees, 1974-1976.

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 Archivist, St Bartholomew's Hospital, for an appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is not permitted. However, single sheets dated after 1850 may be photocopied at the discretion of the Archivist. Photographs of items are obtainable, subject to copyright regulations, from the Department of Medical Illustration at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Arrangements can be made via the Archivist. Outside photographers and researchers' own cameras are not permitted.

Finding aids:

A catalogue in index card form is available at St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Allied Materials

Related material:

Records of Committees of St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1526-1974 (reference: HA 3-8, 24, 26, 34), held by St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives.

Rentals of St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1780-1826, held by the Public Record Office (reference: C 109/163).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: The Royal Hospital of Saint Bartholomew 1123-1973 edited by Victor Cornelius Medvei and John L Thornton (St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1974). 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:
August 2001

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