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Guild of St Bartholomew's Hospital

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0405 WG
Held at: Barts Health NHS Trust Archives (St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives)
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Full title: Guild of St Bartholomew's Hospital
Date(s): 1915-2015
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 3 boxes, 2 files
Name of creator(s): Guild of St Bartholomew's Hospital
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Guild of St Bartholomew's Hospital was established in 1911, with the objective of providing for the needs and comfort of the patients and staff. At this time it was called 'The Women's Guild' and had 368 members. In the years before 1948, the Guild gave financial support towards the salaries of the four Out-patient Almoners. They also provided voluntary workers and financial help for 'necessitous cases' amounting to £100 a year. During the Second World War the Guild opened a small shop called 'Bart's Bazaar' and mebers provided clothing, household goods, comfort and tea for those people bombed out of their homes in the City. After the war the Guild took over the supplying and running of the Childrens' Library, and in 1946 the trolley service began. This enabled patients to do a little shopping whilst in bed and proved to be of considerable psychological benefit to them. In 1960 the Guild opened a flower shop and in 1972 they established a shop sellng a range of goods tailored to the needs of patients and staff. In 1979 the word 'Women's' was dropped from the name of the Guild and for the first time men were invited to become members. In 1980 the Guild raised sufficient funds to provide six beds for the new Intensive Care Unit, at a cost of £1500 per bed.


Scope and content/abstract:

Comprises: Administrative records; Events; Financial records; Photographs, ephemera and artefacts; Publications.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

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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:

The records were originally transferred by the Honorary Secretary of the Guild in 1999; further accruals have followed.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
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:
September 2001; updated July 2020.

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