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Audio-visual material

Various reel to reel films, videocassettes and sound recordings, along with selected digitised copies of films relating to the hospital. These include promotional television appeals for the charity; events and visits from the Royal family, such as the Queen Elizabeth's visit to open Chatsworth Wing, 1978; clinical films showing patients undertake rehabilitative and leisure activities such as hydrotherapy and horseriding, and also recordings of radio shows which featured the Hospital.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Administration

Various papers relating to administration of the hospital, which have been broadly categorised into the following sections: papers relating to governance and establishment of the charity, including constitution, minutes of various executive boards, papers relating to the Royal charter, papers relating to special committees and correspondence to the Board, including letters from Florence Nightingale; records of hospital admissions and patient voting system, including patient case book and list of subscribers to the charity; estate and staff records; records relating to the Chaplaincy and religious services at the hospital and visitor books.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Events and visits

Mixed photographs and negatives of images of various events and visits to the hospital. These include Royal visits, such as Queen Elizabeth II visit to open the Chatsworth Wing in 1976; galas and musical performances and other fundraising events and annual activities at the hospital including the Founder's Day staff awards, garden fete and sport's day.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Oral history interviews

Oral history interviews on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the hospital. The interviews were conducted as part of the National Lottery Heritage Project, Preserving and sharing the historic archives of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability that ran at the hospital from December 2019 to November 2021. The interviews were conducted remotely due to Covid-19 social distancing regulations at the hospital and were conducted by Chris Olver, RHN Archivist, and staff members at the hospital.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

  • GB 3544 RHN
  • Collection
  • 1854 - present

The collection spans from its inception in 1854 to the present day and includes records relating to governance, administration, estate, financial, fundraising, medical and research. There is a wide variety of types of records include committee minutes, correspondence, admission case books, domestic ledgers, reports, fundraising pamphlets and audio-visual material and photographs.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Photographs, mounted slides and negatives

This series contains photographic images, negatives and mounted slides. Photographic material, c.1906-present, contain images of the building and grounds, staff and patients, publicity images of services, events and VIP visits.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Therapies, services and research

Mixed photographs prints and negatives of various services and therapies, including examples of assistive technology created for patients in the Biomedical Department, 1980s; religious service at the hospital and occupational therapy session activities, such as basket weaving.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Letters received by Fundraising Department

Letters received by the Fundraising Department from the public which refer to a historic connection or past memory of the institution, these include a former nurse wartime experience training at the hospital during the Blitz.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Department of Fundraising

Papers relating to the hospital fundraising efforts including copies of published appeals and papers relating to the fundraising department relating to formation, fundraising applications and projects and previous hospital fundraising bodies such as the London Committee.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

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).

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Development Trust for the Young Disabled

  • GB 3544 DYD
  • Collection
  • 1975-2013

Meeting minutes, reports, leaflets and seminar programmes relating to the Development Trust of the Young Disabled (later Living Again Trust and then The Neuro-disability Trust), a charity set up to support medical research, clinical engineering and development work carried out at the Royal Hospital. The charity was established in 1974 and dissolved in 2013.

Development Trust for the Young Disabled

Reports and presentations relating to fundraising at the hospital

Reports and printed slides of a presentation, including presentation slides, 'Building a better future for disabled people in partnership with local business', no date; report, '1999/2000 Fundraising Development Strategy Review' and report, 'Online fundraising growth and integration report', 2012 and a social media audit carried out for the Hospital by Aristos, a consultancy firm, in November 2012.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Visitor's book

Official visitor book for visiting Royal and aristocratic dignitaries. Each page has the occasion of their visit written in a calligraphic font and the signature of the visitor. Signatories include: Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom; Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997); Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire (1920-2004); Antonia Douro, Princess Antonia (1955-); Charles, Prince of Wales (1958-); Anne, Princess Royal (1950-) and Edward, the Earl of Wessex (1964-).

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Fundraising

Papers relating to fundraising for the hospital including departmental papers from the Fundraising Department and published appeals.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Research

Reports and publications relating to research undertaken by the hospital's research department along with conference and seminar papers produced by the Department including research relating to the SMART assessment for patients with disorders of consciousness.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Visitor's book

Volumes of official visitors to the hospital, 1899-2010, including signatures of visiting members of the Royal Family including Queen Elizabeth II; Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Publications

Various publications produced by the hospital and collected publications relating to the history of the hospital and works of literature previously part of the patient's library. Publications produced by the hospital include internal magazines, newsletters and brochures and leaflets relating to hospital services for patients and their families.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

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