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Portrait of Dr Alexander Newington by a patient. Ticehurst House Hospital casebook, 1891.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Gartnavel Royal Hospital was founded as the Glasgow Lunatic Asylum in 1814 and was the largest chartered asylum in the West of Scotland.
Glasgow Lunatic Asylum received a royal charter in 1824 to become the Glasgow Royal Lunatic Asylum. In 1843 the facility moved to new premises at Gartnaval, on the outskirts of the city. In 1889 the asylum ceased accepting 'pauper cases'. Renamed the Glasgow Royal Mental Hospital in 1931, it joined the National Health Service in 1948. Following legislation to remove the word 'mental' from hospital names it became Gartnavel Royal Hospital in 1963. The archive spans 1811-2002 and includes:
The original papers may be consulted at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives.
The digitised Gartnavel Royal Hospital papers are available under a Creative Commons Attribution license. They can be freely downloaded and reused in any situation, so long as attribution is given to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives, in association with Glasgow University Archive Services.
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8 April 2015
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