Collection KHMS/PH - MEDICAL SCHOOL: King's College Hospital images

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MEDICAL SCHOOL: King's College Hospital images


  • [1829-1990] (Creation)

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0.21 metres cubed or 1 oversize box, 7 large boxes, 3 small boxes and 3 boxes of slides

Scope and content

Portraits of prominent surgeons and physicians (photographs, sketches and prints) including staff and students of King’s College Hospital (1870-1980); caricatures of prominent surgeons and physicians from theVanity Fair ‘Men of the day’ series (1870-1904); photographs and sketches of King’s College Hospital buildings, exteriors, interiors and openings of new buildings (1832-1989); group photographs including King’s College Hospital staff, students, sports teams and formal dinners; photographs of graduations, ceremonies and lectures; slides used for lectures and ephemera including photographs, bookplates for King’s College Hospital and the Royal College of Surgeons, sheet music and menus.

System of arrangement

Arranged in sections as follows: portraits; King’s College Hospital buildings; group photographs; graduations, ceremonies and lectures; lecture slides and ephemera. Portraits are arranged alphabetically by surname. All other images are arranged chronologically. Images are in three sizes, small (up to 26 x 39 cms), large (up to 53 x 63 cms), and oversize (up to 61 x 84 cms).

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Biographical history

King’s College Hospital was opened in 1840. In 1908 the King's College London (Transfer) Act was passed, its provisions coming into force on 1 September 1909. By this Act, King's College London was incorporated in the University of London while the government of the Hospital was separated from that of the College. The Committee of Management took over the School of Advanced Medical Studies, bringing into existence King's College Hospital Medical School, while the Faculty of Medical Science remained at the College. Henceforth, the College provided pre-clinical training only, and the King's College Hospital Medical School provided clinical training. Also under this Act, the King's College Hospital Medical School obtained recognition from, and was constituted as, a School of Medicine in the University of London. From that time until 1948, the government of the Medical School remained the responsibility of the Committee of Management of the Hospital, which was assisted by three Statutory Committees: the Medical Board, the Medical School Committee and the General Board of Teachers. In 1923, it was decided by the Delegacy of King's College and by the Committee of Management of the Hospital, to establish a School of Dental Surgery in connection with, and as part of, the Medical School. In 1948, under the provisions of the National Health Service Act 1946, the Medical School became disassociated with King’s College Hospital. The Hospital came under the control of the Ministry of Health and the Medical School became part of the University of London. The Medical School now had its own governing body, the Council of the Medical School on which there were representatives of the Board of Governors of the King’s Group, King's College London, the University of London and the Medical School’s Academic Board. In 1983 King's College Hospital Medical School was reunited with the College to form King's College School of Medicine and Dentistry. The United Medical and Dental Schools (UMDS) of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals merged with King's College London in 1998, creating the Guy's, King's and St Thomas's School of Medicine.

Custodial history

Received from the Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill in two accessions in July 2004 and July 2005 alongside images of Joseph Lister [see K/PP152] and photographs of Lister and his colleagues from the Hayman bequest [see KH/PP8/1). Many of the portraits were framed.

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Related materials

King's College Hospital Medical School Committee [see KH/MSC]; King's College Hospital Medical School Files [see KH/F & KCH/MS]; King's College Hospital Medical School Library [see KHL & KH/F]; King's College Hospital Ephemera: photographs [see KH/PH]; King's College London Photographs, Plans and Illustrations [see K/PH, KAS/PLAN, K/PLAN]

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Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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