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Printed appeals

Published charitable appeals produced by the hospital, including earliest appeals from the Royal Hospital, 1854-1861. File also includes later printed appeal pamphlets, 1980s-1990s, including introduction to the Evitt Ward produced by the Disabled Trust for Young Disabled, and John Howard's House, Brighton.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Minutes of the House building and Estates Committee

Incomplete series of minute books of the House Building Estate Committee dating from 1865 to 1879. Manuscript meeting minutes for the weekly committee, which discussed matters chiefly relating to building and household furnishing costs for the hospital, as well as discussing household appointments, new admissions and deaths, patient requests and complaints, medical reports and other activities at the hospitals such as concerts and religious services.

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Lantern slides of the Royal Hospital for the Incurables

Coloured magic lantern slides of the hospital and its grounds, including views of main building, out-houses and interiors. The images are a mixture of coloured illustrations depicting daily life in the hospital and early hand painted photographs.

The slides were created by "E G Woods, 1-2 Queen Street, Cheapside, London". A typescript index of the slides is included within the box.

E G Woods

Papers relating to the select committee of the House of Lords regarding conditions in London hospitals

Report from the select committee of the House of Lords regarding conditions of hospitals within the London area, which included a report on the Royal Hospital for Incurables. The report was critical of several aspects in which the hospital was governed namely the lack of a women's committee, full-time medical attendant and qualified nurses and the limited visiting times for seeing patients. The Hospital responded by establishing its own internal enquiry which resulted in a published response to the report in 1893.

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Papers relating to Lopes bequest

Papers relating to Chaplain's Fund, a trust fund set up by the Rt Hon Sir Massey Lopes Bt (1818-1908), a member of the Hospital Board and Conservative politician, to generate income to contribute towards the cost of chaplaincy services available at the RHN. In 1907, there was a high court case brought by Lopes against the hospital for the misuse of these funds by the Hospital Board.

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Annual reports

Annual reports for the charity, 1905-present, which typically include a financial statement, a list of board of management members and senior staff, donation details and photographs and illustrations of the hospital. The reports were published as a single pamphlet or booklet, some of the early reports have been bound together into hardboard volumes. Reports dating from 1858-1901 were not published separately and can be found within the subscription books (archive ref: RHN/FU/2/2). The reports may also be found within the reports of the general meeting volumes (archive ref: RHN/AD/1/1).

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Picture postcards of hospital and grounds

Black and white picture postcards showing interior and exterior shots of the hospital building and grounds, these include: images of communal areas inside the hospital including the library, De lancey lowe room, assembly room, reception hall and staff standing outside of the gate house (c. 1908). Some of the postcards have been used and are addressed to people living at the hospital.

The picture postcards were produced by several different postcard producers including Marshall, Keene & Co, Hove Sussex.

Multiple creators

Leave book

Manuscript notebook listing requests for leave from senior hospital staff (steward, matron). Entries are approved by the signature of the Chairman.

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RHN Patient and staff handbooks

Handbooks, leaflets, brochures chiefly relating to rules for hospital employees and patients. These include: the 1938 and 1944 editions of the handbook for rules, including salary information for all staff in the latter; a list of rules for patients mounted on card, 1926; patient's handbook, c.1985; patient's handbook, c.1995 and a patient welcome pack, c. 2009.

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