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Papers relating to the change of name of the hospital

Correspondence, memoranda, board minutes and reports relating to the change of the hospital's name from Royal Hospital and Home for Incurables to an alternative name which no longer includes the term 'incurables', which had become "increasingly problematic". File includes correspondence between the hospital and representatives of the Privy Purse, HRH Prince Charles, and members of the public regarding changing the name; an annotated list of alternative names drawn up; report on the case for changing the charity's name; notes from a meeting with J Walter Thompson, the marketing and communications firm, regarding name change, 1987. File also includes a letter from HRH Prince Charles congratulating the Development Trust for the Young Disabled new appeal for a 45 bed unit in November 1986.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Deeds and bequests

Files containing the original lease for the purchase of the central London office for the RHI at Queen Victoria Street in 1898, and conveyance papers for the sale of land at West Hill to Wandsworth Council in 1964. Files also include trust deeds and settlements relating to the Lopes Chaplain Endowment Fund and the Waldo Sibthorpe bequest for the De Lancey Lowe room. Note: the lease for the original purchase of West Hill in 1863 is currently missing.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

House Visitors report

Bound volumes containing reports produced by the authorised visitor's committee. The reports relate to the condition of the hospital and general services in the hospital, along with the occasional comment from patients. The visits happened irregularly initially over the course of the year, with the reports being a few comments but developed into a more thorough analysis of the services in the hospital. The reports are a mixture of handwritten reports and typed, stuck-in, reports from 1938 onwards. Each report is signed by the visitor.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

John Howard's Convalescent Home

  • GB 3544 JHH
  • Collection
  • 1920 - 1948

Administrative and financial records relating to John Howard's Convalescent Home, a holiday home for people with complicated physical disabilities established in 1914 by Sir John Howard (c.1830-1917), entrepreneur and railway owner. The home seemed to operate from 1914 to 1947 before being nationalised as part of the new National Health Service. Not much is known about the subsequent twenty years but in 1974 it was taken over by the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. The Hospital renovated the premises and the hospital acted as a holiday home and a place for long-term residents. In March 1996, the Hospital closed the Home citing that it had become uneconomical to run and required costly renovation to meet suitable modern standards.

The collection includes admission books, medical reports and accounts for the home dating from 1914-1962.

John Howard's Convalescent Home

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