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This guide highlights primary source material from the Archives and Manuscripts Collection, relating to the local boroughs of West London. It includes information about local families, individuals and organisations.

Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames.

Hospitals and institutions

Asylum run by William and Charles Finch, Kensington
Transcripts from case of Richard Paternoster, claiming wrongful detention, 1840.
Reference: MSS.5274-5

Brompton Hospital
Invitation to dinner at opening, 1847.
Reference: MS.7280/3

Case notes by Theodore Dyke Acland including cases at Brompton Hospital, 1893-1914.
Reference: MS.845
Photograph of inspection of tonal physical class for children, c.1937.
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Sir Robert Macintosh
Diaries of visits to anaesthetics department, Sep 1938.
Reference: PP/RRM/C.8

Cassel Hospital for Functional Nervous Disorders
T F Main, chapter in ‘The Expanding Field of Mental Health in England and Wales, 50 years of progress, 1918-1968’.
Reference: MS.7913/41

Centre for Spastic Children, Chelsea
Photographs of children doing exercises, 1955, 1965 .
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Chelsea Day Nursery: see Chelsea Health Society

Chelsea Health Society and School for Mothers (1916-72)
Miscellaneous historical material, and annual reports.
Reference: SA/HVA/F.1

Chelsea Hospital
Document authorising payments by the Hospital, signatures including Sir Christopher Wren, 1698.
Reference: MS.7903/1

Miscellaneous papers, 1722-1849.
Reference: MS.5314

Family Planning Association (formerly National Birth Control Association)
Records of its dealings with its own regional federations, area organisation, local branches and clinics, correspondence with local authorities, 1930-74. Records of its regional administration, 1965-1991. Includes archives of the North Kensington Women’s Welfare Clinic, 1924-68, and records of Hounslow (later West London) branch, 1952-72.
Reference: SA/FPA

Hammersmith Hospital

Papers of Constance Wood as Director of Radium Beam Therapy Research and head of Radiotherapy Department, 1941-62, including the development of the medical cyclotron.
Reference: GC/95

Journals, reports, correspondence etc of John Gallop relating to the building of the medical cyclotron, 1949-56.
Reference: GC/160

Papers of Sir Allen Daley while on the Board of Governors’ Finance Committee, 1957-64.
Reference: PP/AWD

Brenda Morrison’s ‘Reminiscences of a woman doctor’ includes work at Hammersmith Hospital from 1949.
Reference: GC/240

Research in obstetric analgesia under auspices of National Birthday Trust Fund, 1952-7.
Reference: SA/NBT

Sir John McMichael’s file relating to his association with, 1955.
Reference: PP/JMM/E/1

Mary Catterall’s papers relating to her work as Consultant Radiologist, in charge of the Fast Neutron Clinic, 1970-87.
Reference: PP/CAT

Hanwell Residential Schools (formerly Poor Law Schools of the Southwark Union)
Miscellaneous material among the papers of Helen Alice Dorothy Barlow (1887-1975), 1904-51.
Reference: PP/BAR/Z/22-25

See also Southwark Boys' Aid Association under South London

Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest, Brompton
Invitation to dinner at opening of new hospital, 1847.
Reference: MS.7280/3

Institute of Child Psychology (set up in Notting Hill in the 1920s)
Margaret Lowenfeld’s chapter in ‘The Expanding Field of Mental Health in England and Wales, 50 years of progress, 1918-1968’.
Reference: MS.7913/12

Jews' Orphan Asylum
Diary of Albert Kisch, Medical Officer, 1872-7.
Reference: MS.3116

Lister Institute (formerly the British/Jenner Institute for Preventive Medicine) (founded 1891)
Headquarters on the Chelsea Embankment: records 1890s-1970s. Material on local protests against in 1890s, and relations with local hospitals and University of London; photographs.
Reference: SA/LIS

Manor House Asylum, Chiswick (later Chiswick House Asylum)
Casebook and letters, 1870-1925 and no date.
Reference: MSS.5725-6 and 6222-7

Mental Aftercare Association
Material (including photographs) on residential home for former mental patients in Chiswick, 1950s-80s.
Reference: SA/MAC

Metropolitan Ear Nose and Throat Hospital
Sir Robert Macintosh’s diaries of visits to anaesthetics department, Sep 1938.
Reference: PP/RRM/C.8

Midwife-Teachers’ Training College, High Coombe, Kingston
Correspondence relating to grant from National Birthday Trust Fund, 1950.
Reference: SA/NBT/J.6

Mothercraft Training Home: see Chelsea Health Society

Paddington General Hospital
Photographs of physiotherapy at, c.1965.
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Queen Charlotte’s Hospital
Leonard Colebrook’s diary and research notebooks, 1935-41.
Reference: PP/COL

National Birthday Trust Fund
Research projects, 1930s-60s, also files on Human Milk Bureau, 1938-53.
Reference: SA/NBT

See also General: Personal Papers: Ronald Hare

Research Defence Society
Materials relating to Kensington Branch, c.1908-19.
Reference: SA/RDS/C.16, D.1

Royal Hospital
Photograph of gymnasium, c.1960.
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Royal (formerly British) Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith
Some material among papers of George Gray Turner, Professor of Surgery, 1935-51.
Reference: PP/GGT

Two files of miscellaneous material, 1948-80, among the papers of Sir John McMichael.
Reference: PP/JMM/B/3

Material on analgesia research and midwife training under the auspices of National Birthday Trust Fund, 1949-51.
Reference: SA/NBT 

Visit by Travelling Surgical Society, 1977.
Reference: SA/TSS

St Columba’s Hospice
BACUP (British Association of Cancer United Patients and their Family and Friends) correspondence with, 1985.
Reference: SA/BAC/E.2/26

St Stephen’s Hospital
Photographs of physiotherapy, 1980.
Reference: SA/CSP/Q.1

Star and Garter Home for Disabled Soldiers and Sailors, Richmond
Originated by the British Women’s Hospital Committee. Reports, minutes, cuttings etc, 1915-20.
Reference: SA/NFN/A

Violet Melchett Infant Welfare Centre: see Chelsea Health Society.

West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases

E A Bennet, chapter in ‘The Expanding Field of Mental Health in England and Wales, 50 years of progress, 1918–1968’.
Reference: MS.7913/40

Minutes of Medical Committee, 1948.
Reference: PP/WWS/B.3/2

Western Fever Hospital: see General section, Personal Papers: Lyon Falkener.

Business records

Fennings Pharmaceuticals
Originated as Alfred Fenning’s Golden Key Pharmacy, Hammersmith, 1840-50, before moving to the Isle of Wight. Subsequently some manufacturing and packing operations were undertaken by Sanger and Sons of Shepherd’s Bush.
Reference: SA/FEN

Fulham Road Pharmacy, Chelsea
Prescription registers, 1887-1989.
Reference: GC/189

Thomas Grimshaw,chemist and druggist, Wormwood Scrubs prison
Recipe book, 1897.
Reference: MS.7144

Harrods Pharmacy Department
Prescription registers, 1935-77.
Reference: GC/214

Thomas Henry Holberton,apothecary, Hampton Court
Account book, 1829-33.
Reference: MS.2862

The Homovet Company, Bedfont
Manufacturers of embrocation for human and animal use. Letter (incomplete) from Nat Gould, head of the company, setting out its state, with letterhead giving testimonials and a picture of the product, 1913.
Reference: MS.7568/4

Thomas Roots,apothecary, Kingston-on-Thames

Account books, 1749-56.
Reference: MSS.4254-5

Post book containing copies of bill sent out for supply of medicines and services such as bleeding, 1750-3.
Reference: MS.6033

Tyler Dispensing Chemist, W8
Prescription registers, 1944-57.
Reference: GC/102

Unidentified Kensington Pharmacy
Prescription registers, 1873-1915.
Reference: GC/103 

Societies and associations

Abortion Law Reform Association
Ashford (Middlesex) local group file, 1964.
Reference: SA/ALR/A.9/1

BACUP (British Association of Cancer United Patients and their Family and Friends)
Files on launch of South West Thames Regional Cancer Organisation, 1985-7.
Reference: SA/BAC/H.23

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Minutes of South West Metropolitan and Wessex Local Board, 1948-71, and of North West Metropolitan/Thames Local Board, 1969-88.
Reference: SA/CSP/J.4/4-5

Multiple Sclerosis Society
Files on Ealing, Hammersmith, Hillingdon, Kensington, Kingston-upon-Thames, London SW, Richmond branches, 1950s-70s.
Reference: SA/MSS/C

National Birthday Trust Fund
Report on contraception and abortion in the Royal Borough of Kensington, 1937.
Reference: SA/NBT/S

No 4 District (Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire and Middlesex) Master and Matrons’ Association
Minutes, 1918-36.
Reference: SA/AHR/A.35

Legal papers

Brentford, Chancery suit over land
Petition to Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, 1640.
Reference: MS.7072

Local government

Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster Health Authority
Minutes and papers relating to setting up of Staff Occupational Health Department, 1975-7.
Reference: GC/135/7

Society of Medical Officers of Health/ Society of Community Health/ Society of Public Health (1856-1997)
Rheumatism scheme in Royal Borough of Kensington, 1935.
Reference: SA/SMO/R

General practice

Oral History of General Practice, 1935-52
Tapes and transcripts of interviews with Dennis Bowman, West Drayton and Max Clyne, Southall, 1993-4.
Reference: GP/29 

Personal papers

Reverend George Charles Black
Papers include institution as rector of Cranford, Middlesex, 1750.
Reference: MS.5226

Joseph Thomas Clover
Letters including printed material on the International Exhibition, South Kensington, 1862, 1862-1875.
Reference: MS.6942

Reverend George Charles Green
Son-in-law to Edward Jenner. Sermons (some apparently given as a naval chaplain), including posthumous transcriptions, 1745-1796. Account of sale of his belongings at Norwood Green, Middlesex, after his death, 1775.
Reference: MSS.1180-1215

J R Hutchinson (c.1880-1955) and W H Bradley (1898-1975) of the Ministry of Health
File on vaccination in Fulham, 1929.
Reference: PP/JRH

Sir Hans Sloane
Letter by Henry Newman describing Sloane's retirement at Chelsea, 1742.
Reference: MS.7633/10

Mr/Miss Woodward (alive around c.1680)
Apparently based in London but of Irish extraction. Commonplace book, recording inter alia injuries sustained falling off Teddington Bridge c.1680.
Reference: MS.5093

Nancy Zinkin (née Blackburn) (1912–2003)
Health visitor in Ealing, material mainly relating to health education in the borough, 1950s-70s.
Reference: SA/HVA/G.7

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