Welcome

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) archive service exists to collect, conserve and interpret the hospital's unique cultural heritage, to promote the understanding of complex disability in the past to the present day. Our records date back to the hospital's establishment in 1854 and span until the present day, and incorporate a wide variety of subjects, such as hospital administration, clinical and admissions records, fundraising, photographs and artefacts to name only a few.

Our aim is to ensure that many people as possible now and in the future have access to the archives onsite and digitally, and have been supported in this pursuit by the National Lottery Heritage Fund who generously awarded us with a grant in 2019 to help establish the archives as a public service.

How to view items

The RHN archive collections are currently being catalogued as part of the NLHF project. Physical items from these collections are not therefore accessible at present as they are being processed and conserved. If you have an enquiry, please contact us at colver@rhn.org.uk providing details of your enquiry. We will acknowledge any requests and may be able to search our records remotely to provide you with the information you require.

About the catalogue

AtoM is a fully web based archival description application that is based on International Council on Archives (ICA) standards. AtoM is an acronymn for Access to Memory.

The ICA and its project collaborators are making this application available as open source software to provide archival institutions with a free and easy to use option for putting their archival collections online. See the about page to learn more about the AtoM project.

See the online documentation to learn more about using the software or press the browse button on the right to view some sample data.