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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KH/NL/PP14
HOBBS, Joan (died 2003)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file, 9 certificates


Name of creator(s)

HOBBS, Joan (Sister Jane), [1912]-2003, nurse and tutor

Administrative / Biographical history

Joan Hobbs trained initially as a kindergarten teacher, and taught for a number of years, before training as a midwife and general nurse at King's College Hospital between 1934 and 1937, gaining General Nursing Council registration in 1937. She later trained as a Nurse Tutor, and was involved in establishment of King's College Hospital unit at Horton during World War Two. Hobbs held the post of Matron at Warwick Hospital before retiring to Worthing. She died on 21 Jul 2003, aged 95.

Archival history

Acquired by King's College Hospital Nurses' League.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from King's College Hospital Nurses' League, 1999.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Joan Hobbs comprising: King's College Hospital certificates of Invalid Cookery, 21 Jul 1934; nursing training 1934-1937; and Maternity Department training, 10 Mar 1939; Central Midwives Board certificate, 13 Aug 1938; Certificate of Membership of the College of Nursing, 20 Jul 1939; King's College of Household and Social Science certificate of attendance and practice of Elementary Dietetics, 4 Aug 1939; Battersea Polytechnic Certificate Department of Hygiene & Public Health course for Sister Tutors, Jul 1942; University of London Diploma in Nursing, 17 Dec 1943; Home Office Civil Defence Staff College course attendance, 4 Mar 1955. notice of the General Nursing Council (GNC) for England and Wales relating to registration of nurses, 1950; Hobbs' GNC certificates of admission to the General Register, 26 Nov 1937; and of registration as a Sister-Tutor, 24 Oct 1947; letter from the GNC relating to Hobbs membership of the Council's panel of Examiners, 29 Nov 1946; printed rules of the GNC, 1931; Receipts for payment of GNC fees, 29 Aug 1947; 21 Aug 1950; GNC receipt for notification of change of address; Nurses League membership card, 7 Nov 1937; receipts for subscriptions to Nurse's League, 1940, and Battersea Polytechnic PHA, 1945; Central Midwives Board notification of receipt of letter, May 1967; three letters to Joan Hobbs from H Willoughby Lyle, King's College Hospital historian, 19 May 1951, 30 May 1951, relating to request for information concerning the foundation of King's College Hospital and the various forms of crest used; and delivery of copies of Lyle's book to the Nursing Department, 15 Oct 1951.

System of arrangement

As outlined in the Scope and Content.

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.

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 collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: The Register of Nurses, 1940, The General Nursing Council for England and Wales, London; King's College Hospital Nurses' League Journal, 80, 2004. 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

April 2004

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  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Paramedical personnel
  • Paramedical personnel training
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Surgery
  • Vocational training subjects

Personal names

  • Hobbs, Joan (Sister Jane), [1912]-2003, Nurse and Tutor
  • Lyle, Herbert Willoughby, 1870-1956, Ophthalmic Surgeon

Corporate names

  • King's College Hospital, London
  • King's College London College Archives

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