Archives catalogue

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This catalogue database is the gateway for researchers to access information about our archive and museum collections, which include items relating to Bart’s and The Royal London, as well as over 25 other current and former hospitals in the City, East London and beyond. It includes over 50,000 descriptions relating to records and artefacts in our collections.


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Christmas seals album, 1904-1938

Christmas seals album, 1904-1938

Stamps from Denmark collected by Dr John Reginald Beal. Christmas Seals are special stamps issued at Christmas time, which raise funds for national tuberculosis prevention agencies.
Illustrations of labour grades from 'Pulsator', 1948

Illustrations of labour grades from 'Pulsator', 1948

Page from 'Pulsator', the Frimley Sanatorium magazine, illustrating the different labour grades. On the reverse, part of an article about life at Frimley.
Group of nursing staff, with matron, Miss Letitia S. Clark and members of the medical staff in the grounds of the hospital, c.1910

Group of nursing staff, with matron, Miss Letitia S. Clark and members of the medical staff in the grounds of the hospital, c.1910

Includes five members of the medical staff, one a woman doctor.
Large stainless steel [irrigation?] syringe used on Colston Ward, SBH

Large stainless steel [irrigation?] syringe used on Colston Ward, SBH

With detachable nozzle, inscribed 'Colston, SBH'. Syringes have been used since at least Roman times. Cumbersome and heavy pewter syringes such as this would have been used to clear body cavities, such as the ear, either by removing matter by suction, or by forcing a jet of liquid, or to administer enemas or clean wounds. It was not until the late 19th century that the "hypodermic", a hollow needle attached to a syringe, was used to inject drugs under the skin.
Five nurses on a slide at Bart's Fair, 1939

Five nurses on a slide at Bart's Fair, 1939

All the nurses are uniformed, and an accompanying newspaper clipping, gives the names of the nurses (written by hand on the clipping) as Miss Burton, Miss Ammond, Miss Heathcote, and Miss Nancy Bell. The fifth nurse is labelled 'me', but it is not clear who wrote the labels, so she remains unidentified. In the background are flags, spectators and one of the Square's shelters. Photographer: Alfieri Picture Service The clipping, from an unknown newspaper, captions the picture: 'Off-duty fun for nurses in the grounds of St Bartholomew's Hospital, where a three-day fair began yesterday'.
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