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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
Level of description
Sub-Fonds of Belgrave Hospital for Children
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 volumes


Name of creator(s)

Belgrave Hospital for Children Nursing School

Administrative / Biographical history

Belgrave Hospital for Children, a voluntary hospital, was founded in 1866. New buildings were constructed at 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

The records were removed from administrative stores in King's College Hospital by members of King's College Hospital Nurses League in the late 1970s, when they were kept in a variety of private homes. The records were removed from administrative stores in King's College Hospital by members of King's College Hospital Nurses' League in the late 1970s, when they were kept in a variety of private homes.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the Nurses' League to the King's College London Archive in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection comprises three registers of student nurses at Belgrave Hospital for Children, including details of name and address of nurse, rank, location of previous training, age, date of entering, date of leaving, description of work undertaken, reasons for leaving, and comments on suitability of candidate, 1903-1950.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Records containing personal information about living individuals, are subject to the regulations of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide and a Detailed catalogue available on-line and in hard copy in the College Archives reading room, King's College London.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives holds student nurse records of: St Thomas's Hospital, [1950-1980] (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA TH/SN/FP); King's College Hospital School of Nursing, 1885-1998 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA KH/NL & K/NI/PR); Dulwich Hospital, 1917-1967 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA DH/FP); St Francis Hospital, 1949-1956, (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SFH/FP); St Giles Hospital, 1931, 1952-1954 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SGH/FP); and St Saviour's Infirmary, [1890]-1931 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SSH/FP); Lewisham School of Nursing, 1897-1981 (Ref: GB0100 KCLCA DH/FP); New Cross Hospital, 1954-1965 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA NC/FP); Hither Green Hospital 1955-1967 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA HGH/FP); St John's Hospital, 1955-1969 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SJH/FP); Thomas Guy and Lewisham School of Nursing, 1985-1992 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA TGL/FP); Nightingale and Guy's College of Nursing, 1991-1993 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA NG/FP); Guy's Hospital School of Nursing, 1949-1978 (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA GHN/FP).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field

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

June 2004


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Corporate names

  • Belgrave Hospital for Children, London

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