Online catalogue launch

We are delighted to announce that after many months in development there is now a platform for researchers to browse our archive and museum catalogues online. Our CalmView catalogue webpage includes the holdings of Barts Health Archives services (The Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives & Museums) and includes over 50,000 items as well as many accompanying images, many of which relate to the study of tuberculosis.

Please follow this link: here

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After all the hard work put in over the last year or so it is very gratifying that researchers can now see the scale of the Fight Against Tuberculosis project in the many descriptions for Brompton Hospital, Frimley Sanatorium, Harefield Hospital, The London Chest Hospital, Middlesex County Sanatoria Committee, the private papers of Hamilton Bailey, Dr Aylmer Foster-Carter, Dr John Reginald Beal and Dr Bill Wheeler.

The many highlights of these collections include the correspondence between patients and the Lady Almoner’s Department of Frimley Sanatorium, the fascinating case notes of Brompton Hospital’s physicians and surgeons, the photographs taken during the early days of Harefield Sanatorium, the tuberculosis seals collected by Dr Beal and the extensive clinical records of Dr Hamilton Bailey.

If you wish to view these records in person you may arrange to view the Archives Searchroom from Monday-Friday. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting us by email (rlharchives@bartshealth.nhs.uk) or telephone (02073777608).

In addition, we have recently digitised a film which features Frimley Sanatorium during the 1920s. This silent black and white documentary titled ‘A Day in a Sanatorium’ dates from 1926 and depicts a typical day at Frimley with patients working in the garden and enjoying recreation time. We also see inside the buildings which allows us to get a realistic sense of what tuberculosis sanatoria were really like.

A short clip of the film will hopefully be available online in the near future. If you wish to see the film this is available to view at The Royal London Hospital Museum (advance warning of this is required as it is not one of the films shown in the public display area), details for which are here

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Male patients digging as part of their exercises; a key part of the treatment at Frimley Sanatorium. RLHBH/P/2/9/3

Although the cataloguing phase of the project has largely been completed, there is still much conservation work to be done over this year, and our Project Conservator will discuss some of the techniques and expertise required to repair and rehouse these valuable records in the next posting.

 

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