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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
218 volumes, 1 box


Name of creator(s)

Belgrave Hospital for Children, London

Administrative / Biographical history

Belgrave Hospital for Children, a voluntary hospital, was founded in 1866. New buildings were constructed at no 1 Clapham Road, London SW9 (Kennington, Lambeth) between 1899 and 1926 to an innovative design. Under the National Health Service Act (1946), in 1948 the hospital was amalgamated with King's College Hospital as part of the King's College Hospital Group (a teaching group managed by a Board of Governors), but remained a children's hospital. The Belgrave Hospital for Children closed after a new hospital, the Variety Club Children's Hospital, opened in 1985. The building was restored in the 1990s after some years of neglect.

Archival history

Case notes were transferred to the Royal College of Physicians in 1965-1966. 


Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

In 1984 the transfer of papers, including case notes of the Belgrave Hospital, from the Royal College of Physicians to King's College London Archives was agreed. In 1990 Martin Mottram retrieved the minute book from the derelict hospital and gave it to King's College London Archives. The admissions register was retrieved from the derelict hospital by Patricia Methven, King's College Archivist.  Out-letter books and printed items were salvaged by Stephen Calvert, a member of the hospital staff, and placed in the Archives in 2017.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of the Belgrave Hospital for Children, 1902-1948, comprising minutes of the medical sub-committee, 1902-1921 (1 volume); case notes, 1904-1948 (216 volumes); admissions register, 1929-1931, including an index (1 volume).  Two bound volumes of out-letters, 1874-1875, minutes of a meeting of the hospital’s General Council, 1901, and printed items including fundraising leaflets, 1899-1902, a pharmacopoeia, 1937, and an annual report, 1946.

System of arrangement

Case notes are arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Please note: Case notes touching on the privacy of named individuals are closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Head of Archive Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English (also some Latin in the pharmacopoeia)

Finding aids

This summary guide.  A typescript list giving the dates, personnel (to 1937) and (from 1937) reference numbers associated with the case notes is available in the reading room at King's College London Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds the records of King's College Hospital (Ref: KH), some sub-fonds of which include material relating to the Belgrave Hospital after amalgamation in 1948.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project. Sources: AIM25 description of the records of King's College Hospital; lists of King's College Hospital records (Ref: KH) at King's College Archives; online Public Record Office and Wellcome Trust's Hospital Records Database at; English Hospitals 1660-1948, ed Harriet Richardson (Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, Swindon, 1998), pp 112-114.

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2001, updated 2017

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  • Documents
  • Health services
  • Hospital management
  • Hospitals
  • Information sources
  • Medical institutions
  • Medical records
  • Patients
  • Social sciences
  • Social welfare

Corporate names

  • Belgrave Hospital for Children, London
  • Belgrave Hospital for Children, London
  • King's College London College Archives

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