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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

Pencillings in June

Christmas appeal written by the Rev. Thomas W Aveling D.D., that gives an account of a visit to the hospital. In the pamphlet, the author visits the female and the male wards and communal areas and provides descriptions of some of the patients that he encounters. The volume has an introduction by the Hospital's Secretary, Frederic Andrews, who states that due to the popularity of the pamphlet that it had been reproduced for two years' running.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Part 2

Digital copy of the second part of the Christmas appeal, Cured by an Incurable. 2 of 2.

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Cured by an incurable

Christmas appeal by Crowquill Pencilpoint [pseudonym for the author, Rev P B Power] featuring an account of a doctor who takes two of his patients to the hospital where they are cured, including comic illustrations.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Part 1

Digital copy of the first part of the Christmas appeal, Cured by an Incurable. 1 of 2.

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Feeble Folk: notes of a ramble in the west of England

Christmas appeal by William Scriven. Illustrations by Lancelot Speed and Godfrey Hall. The appeal takes the form of an account of visiting pensioners [hospital out-patients] in the West Country, including a loose reprint (4pp) entitled ' Sunday evening at Putney', reprinted from the 'Daily News', 17 November 1900.

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Friends of an Hour

Christmas appeal by William Scriven. Illustrated by Lancelot Speed and Godfrey Hall. The appeal takes the form of an account of visiting pensioners [hospital out-patients] in the West Country. It is repeat of the previous year's appeal, A Visit to the West Country.

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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.

Not abandoned

Christmas appeal by the novelist, Halliwell Sutcliffe. The appeal takes the form of a visit to the hospital where the authors meets patients around the hospital. Appeal includes black and white photographs of hospital and patients.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Our pensioners

Christmas appeal [takes the form of letters written about pensioners [out-patients] from clergy, doctors. Illustration on front cover by Lewis Baumer.

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Thoughts of an incurable

Christmas appeal with an introduction by the Ven[erable] Archdeacon Sinclair. The appeals takes the form of a daily diary written by an unidentified patient at the hospital over the course of the year.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

Our at home

Christmas appeal with a series of accounts about Founder's day celebrations. Including programmes for the Founder's Day celebration and concert.

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A Hospital Farm in London

Christmas appeal for the hospital. Appeal takes the form of an account about the farm on the Hospital's grounds. Including illustrations and donation slip.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability

John Howard's Convalescent Home

  • GB 3544 JHH
  • Collection
  • 1920 - 1996

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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