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Malaria Research Laboratory

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0809 MRL
Held at: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
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Full title: Malaria Research Laboratory
Date(s): 1939-1967
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes
Name of creator(s): Malaria Research Laboratory


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1925, the Mott Clinic, a special unit for malaria therapy, was established at Horton Hospital, Epsom, Surrey. Patients were treated by infection with one or other species of malaria parasite, and the centre was responsible for providing infective material for use in hospitals throughout Great Britain and Ireland. The Mott Clinic became known as the Ministry of Health Malaria Laboratory, until [1952] when it became the Malaria Reference Laboratory. It was under the umbrella of the newly established Public Health Laboratory Service. P G Shute was Assistant Director of the Laboratory, 1944-1973, with Sir Gordon Covell as its Director. The Laboratory later moved from Epsom to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, becoming known as the Health Protection Agency Malaria Reference Laboratory.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Malaria Research Laboratory, 1939-1967, relate to the work of the laboratory and the collation of data concerning documented cases of malaria within Britain. The collection notably includes correspondence and other documentation between P G Shute and G Covell, Assistant Director and Director of the Laboratory, and various hospitals and other medical institutions regarding blood films examined by the Laboratory for malarial parasites, 1939-1963; Public Health Laboratory Service yearly reports of malaria cases, 1954-1966 and annual reports of the Malaria Research Laboratory, 1957-1967.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in original order.

Conditions governing access:

This collection is closed as it contains confidential information regarding patients treated for malaria.

Conditions governing reproduction:

This collection is closed and is therefore unavailable for reproduction.

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids exist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

The Wellcome Library holds correspondence, regarding the Mott Clinic, Horton Hospital, Epsom within the collections of P G Shute (WTI/PGS) and PCC Garnham (PP/PCG).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Prevention and Cure The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, A 20th Century Quest for Global Public Health Lise Wilkinson and Anne Hardy (Kegan Paul Limited, 2001); Clinical, Chemotherapeutic and Emmunological Studies on Induced Malaria by Sir G Covell, Studies on Induced Malaria Volume 8, No 1; Oxford OPAC catalogue; online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Wellcome Library website and HPA Malaria Reference Laboratory website.
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl, AIM25 cataloguer.

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:
February 2008

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