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Minutes of the House Committee

Minutes of the House Committee dating from 1 March 1860 to 20 February 1863, including enclosed loose manuscript documents including meeting agenda and letters received, which includes a letter from a hospital candidate requesting admission to the hospital and letters from Matron Eliza Bellringer.

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Admissions records

Case books give a description of candidates who applied for home or extra relief from the charity. The manuscript register records the candidates' name, date of birth, residence, disease or affliction and its duration; details of their application and whether they were succeeded. For the candidates' who were admitted into the home the register provides details of when they entered the home and the duration of their time at the home. For those who were admitted as an 'extra' patient or 'pensioner' the register reports when they began receiving financial support and when that support ended. Also, includes a register of patients, 1986-2003.

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Board minutes

Minutes of the board of management for the Royal Hospital dating from its inception on 31 July 1854 to 14 January 1858. The volumes contains manuscript meeting minutes for the first official meeting of the charity held at Mansion House on 31 July 1854, along with notes from preliminary meetings held in July, copies of initial appeals and the first constitution for the charity. The volume includes an index in alphabetical order at the back of the volume.

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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.

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Case book, Volume 1

The book give a description of candidates, known as 'cases' who applied for home or extra relief from the charity. The volume contains case numbers 1-500 and dates from 12 October 1854 to 8 September 1859. As the book records 'case' who were admitted into the hospital, the book was regularly updated primarily to record deaths but also contact details of family members or supporters or other remarks. Includes a letter received from an 'extra' patient named Eliza Jules, dated 8 November [1895], regarding a change in her income, and some later notes written in ballpoint pen about early cases at the hospital, c. 1990s.

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Constitution and minutes of the general meetings

Volume containing the first constitution of the charity and minutes from general meetings. The volume contains minutes from the general meeting held at the London Tavern on the 27 November 1854 for the first election to the 84th annual general meeting held on 25 November 1938. Meeting minutes include information about changes in the constitution, board and hospital appointments and other business matters including medical testimonials for the environmental benefits for Coulsden site in 1860; the Hospital's response to the report of the select committee to the House of Lords, which was critical of some aspects of the hospital administration, 1892. Later entries include attached annual reports and other reports and articles presented at the meetings.

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Minutes of Finance Committee

Minutes of the finance committee, 1857-1864, includes entries relating to the purchase of Melrose Lodge, revisions of the admission form and inserts including a job outline for an office clerk.

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Minutes for annual general meetings

Meeting minutes and reports of annual general meetings for the charity, this includes first meeting held in November 1854, where the constitution of the charity was agreed, as well as reports of proceedings of the general meetings held in 1899-1900.

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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.

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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.

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Hospital building and grounds

Various sized photographs of the hospital building and grounds, including early picture postcards of the interior and exterior of the hospital, c.1908-1930; aerial photographs of the hospital, c. 1946-1960; photographs of construction of Chatsworth Wing, 1974, and later Draper's Wing, 1983-1990.

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