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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GUY'S HOSPITAL: School of Nursing student nurse records
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
Guy's Hospital School of Nursing | London


Name of creator(s)

Guy's Hospital School of Nursing, London

Administrative / Biographical history

The first nursing staff were appointed to Guy's Hospital by the Court of Committees, 11 May 1725. In 1877, the Superintendent and one of the physicians began giving lectures to nurses. Guy's Hospital School of Nursing was established in 1880. E Cooper Perry, Dean of Guy's Hospital Medical School and Superintendant of the Hospital, directed a significant reorganisation of nursing provision and training at Guy's Hospital. In 1902 the Henrietta Raphael Nurses Home opened. Applicants for appointment as probationers were received for preliminary training courses before entering the wards. That same year the Guy's Past and Present Nurses League was formed. In 1923, the age of entry for Probationer Nurses was reduced from 23 to 21 years. In 1924, nurses from the Cancer Hospital, Royal Ophthalmic Hospital and Royal Sea-Bathing Hospital, Margate, were admitted for two years further training at Guy's, in order to obtain registration. By 1929, the length of training stood at three and a half years, by 1937, it had been extended to four years. In 1932, the Women's Training School was established to manage the School of Nursing, the School of Massage and Medical Gymnastics, and the School of Electrotherapy and Radiography. In 1939, the School of Midwifery was added to its responsibilities. About 1945, the Preliminary Training School moved to Holmsdale, Redhill, and the nurses attended the Redhill Technical School for some courses as well as one day per week at Guy's Hospital. In 1965, it was returned to the Guy's Hospital site.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, 1999/2000

Content & structure

Scope and content

Guy's Hospital School of Nursing records comprising a register of Student nurses, 1949-1972; and examination number book, 1963-1978.

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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.

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Detailed catlaogue

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).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Mr Guy's Hospital 1726-1948, H C Cameron (Longmans, Green and Co, London, 1954); Guy's Hospital, 250 Years, edited Clive E Handler, Guy's Hospital Gazette, 1976. 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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  • Nursing
  • Paramedical personnel
  • Paramedical personnel training
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  • Guy's Hospital School of Nursing, London
  • Guy's Hospital School of Nursing, London
  • King's College London College Archives
  • Thomas Guy School of Nursing, London

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