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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
KING'S COLLEGE HOSPITAL: School of Nursing student nurse records
Level of description
Series of King's College Hospital
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
95 volumes, 552 files


Name of creator(s)

King's College Hospital School of Nursing|1885-1975
Normanby College|1975-1993

Administrative / Biographical history

In 1885 the Committee of Management of King's College Hospital formed its own training school for nurses, and registers of nurses and student nurses began to be kept. King's College Hospital constructed a new building to house the School of Nursing, 1972-1974. It was named Normanby College of Nursing Midwifery and Physiotherapy (Oswald Constantine John Phipps, 4th Marquis of Normanby (1912-1994), was chairman of the KCH Board of Governors at the time). The College building was officially opened in 1975. It provided training in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, and radiography. In 1989, Normanby College and the Bromley and Camberwell Health Authorities established the Bromley and Camberwell Department of Nursing Studies, supported by the Department of Nursing Studies, King's College, and University of London. Normanby College amalgamated with the Nightingale and Guy's School of Nursing in 1993, to form the Nightingale Institute.

Archival history

Acquired by King's College Hospital. Members of the King's College Hospital Nurses League rescued the records from probable destruction in the late 1970s, and they were kept in private homes of League members. Records have been kept in a variety of administrative stores in King's College Hospital. More recently, student files and printed matter has been deposited by the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1999/2000 and some stray registers in 1998.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Deposited by King's College Hospital Nurses League in 1985 and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1999/2000.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Records of King's College Hospital School of Nursing (later Normanby College of Nursing) comprising registers relating to the admission and training of student nurses at King's College Hospital, London, 1885-1967: including Trial Appointments Register, 1890-1902; Student Nurses' Candidates Register, 1924-1964; Student Nurses' Interview Book, 1954-1959; Pupil Midwives Candidates' Registers, 1939-1954; Student Nurses' Registers, 1885-1960; Student Nurses' Day Books, 1904-1967; Statistics regarding Student Nurses, 1907-1922; Lectures to the Nursing Staff, 1891-1938; Attendance Register, 1945-1952, 1973-1975; Weekly Numbers, 1959-1967; Final Examination Results Register, 1909-1948; and Cookery Examination Register, 1910-1938. There are also registers relating to nurses employed by King's College Hospital, and details of duties and nursing procedures, 1885-1967: including Staff Midwives Candidates' Registers, 1958-1963; Staff Nurses Registers, 1949-1967; Sisters' Registers, 1885-1965; register of nurses certificates, 1921-1999; examinations and assessment register, 1973-1981; training records, 1965-1982; Normanby College Gift register, 1974-1980; Normanby College Visitors book, 1975-1982. Pre-registration Nurse Training Programme student records, 1933-1993, (K/NI/FP); Diploma Higher Education (Nursing Programmes) student records, 1990-1995, (K/NI/FP (D)); Post Registration course student records, validated by King's College London and the English Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, 1990-1998, (K/NI/PR).

System of arrangement

Registers arranged chronologically as outlined in Scope and Content; Pre-Registration Nurse Training Programme and Diploma course listed by start date; Post Registration course listed by student number.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Administrative and committee papers are closed for 30 years from the last date on file. Student and staff records are closed for 80 years.

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 Services, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Detailed catalogue available in the reading room of the College Archives.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

King's College London Archives also holds registers of nurses and student nurses for 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), St Saviour's Hospital, [1890]-1931, (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA SSH/FP), Lewisham Hospital, [1960-1990], (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA LH/FP), and St Thomas's Hospital, [1950-1980], (Ref: GB 0100 KCLCA TH/SN/FP).

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Normanby College of Health Care Studies prospectus [1990]; Nursing Education Committee Minutes, 1970-1974 (KH/N/M7). Compiled by Annabel Dodds as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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 2000. Revised June 2004


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  • Educational attendance
  • Educational evaluation
  • Educational statistics
  • Examination marks
  • Lectures (teaching method)
  • Medical personnel
  • Medical profession
  • Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Paramedical personnel
  • Paramedical personnel training
  • People
  • People by occupation
  • Personnel
  • Student evaluation
  • Surgery
  • Teaching methods
  • Vocational training subjects

Corporate names

  • Belgrave Hospital for Children, London
  • King's College Hospital
  • Preston Hall Hospital

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