UK archives and sources
A2A allows you to search and browse for information about archives in England, dating from the 900s to the present day. These archives are cared for in local record offices and libraries, universities
AIM25 is a major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over fifty higher education institutions and learned societies within the greater London area.
- British Library Newspaper Library
Direct link to the: On line catalogue
- District Nursing 150
2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the Queen's Nursing Institute. To mark this the QNI has developed a new micro-site.
- Historical Manuscripts Commission / National Register of Archives
HMC is the UK's central advisory body on archives and manuscripts relating to British history. Established in 1869 they are the principal source of information on the nature and location of records and the leading provider of advice relating to them.
- London Metropolitan Archives
The LMA includes important nursing records from the London teaching hospitals.
- Lothian Health Services Archive
These archives include significant nursing records and links to other Scottish Health Service Archives.
John Rylands University Library Medical Archive Collection
(University of Manchester)
- Mass Observation Archive
(University of Sussex).
- Modern Records Centre
University of Warwick. The archives of COHSE (Confederation of Health Service Employees) are in Warwick.
- National Archives
- National Archives of Scotland
- National Sound Archive
- Oral history collection
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
Search using 'nursing' and 'history' to find documents relating to nurse training.
- Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.
- Scottish Archives
This site includes many links to UK and world wide repositories.
- Small and Special: the history of Great Ormond St website
This website contains a collection of resources relating to the early years of The Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, England's first in-patient children's hospital. At the core of the site is a fully searchable database of patient admissions from 1852 to 1914. A collection of articles on the development of the hospital, including the growth of the nursing department, and biographies of leading doctors provides context to the database.
- St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum.
- The Liddle Collection, University of Leeds
An archive of personal experiences during wartime. Includes material from WW1 and WW2
- UK Data Archive
The UK Data Archive is a specialist national resource containing the largest collection of accessible computer readable data in the social sciences and humanities in the United Kingdom.
- W.H.O. Historical Collection
Full text documents including early classical texts, documents relating to the eradiction of Smallpox and the fight against malaria. Available freely on line.
- Wellcome Archives and Manuscripts collections
Includes important Health Visiting (HVA), District Nursing (QNI England and Wales), Nightingale and other nursing records.
- Wellcome source leaflets
for nursing, midwifery and health visiting
- Wellcome Trust and PRO : Hospital Data Base
Includes nursing records.
- Wellcome Trust Library
- Women in uniform includes nurses
The PRO published leaflets which offer guidance to some collections. For nurses and nursing services they include: Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and Civilian.
UK primary sources
- "In Hospital" W. E. Henley
Poems written reflecting on his experiences while a patient of Joseph Lister in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. c. 1870.
- "The London Hospital" by a contemporary journalist
- Britain's first red cross (PDF, 288kb)
- Britain's first Red Cross Nurses: Our adventures (PDF, 3.33mb)
- Experiences of War: the Nurse's story
On line source materials relating to VAD nurses in Belgium during WW1.
- London School of Economics Pamphlet Collection
- Martha Ballard's story, the Midwife's Book.
Online source material for the study of midwifery and women's work.
- Nursing Record / British Journal of Nursing 1888 - 1956
The full text of this early nursing journal including illustrations. (The name changed in 1902)
- Pamphlet by Nightingale on Rural Hygiene
- The Victorian Dictionary
This site is mainly about London. However e-texts of various sources are available that relate to public health and hospitals.
- Bibliography of British and Irish History
Bath Information and Data Services
- Chronology of State Medicine
Public Health, Welfare and Related Services in Britain: 1066 - 1999
- European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences
- Florence Nightingale Publishing Project
Health and Life Sciences pages of Intute. A free online service providing you with access to the very best web resources for education and research, evaluated and selected by a network of subject specialists
- Scottish Women's History a Bibliography
- Voice of the Shuttle
Web Page for Humanities Research. These pages include primary sources
- Women's History Network
An organisation for anyone with a passion for researching, writing, reading, and sharing women's history
- COPAC (Consortium of University Research Libraries)
This site offers unified access to the catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland.
The Genesis project is a mapping initiative, funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) to identify and develop access to women's history sources in the British Isles.
- National Library of Scotland
- Some London Libraries
UK institutions and organisations
- Centre for History in Public Health
- Florence Nightingale Foundation
- Health Services Research Unit
- Institute of Historical Research.
- Oral History Society
- Scottish Women's History Network
UK teaching and learning resources
- Intute: Arts and Humanities database
A useful database of online resources for study research
- Resources for the History of Idiocy
A bibliographic and text resource base for people interested in the history of idiocy.
Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
- Writing history
Interactive history writing, contribute to the latest chapter of the History of the NHS.
- Florence Nightingale Museum
- Imperial War Museum
London and other locations.
- London Museums of Health and Medicine
- Old Operating Theatre Museum
Possibly the only surviving example of a pre-Listerian operating theatre open to the public.
UK Oral History
- Imperial War Museum: Sound Archive
- British Library: National Sound Archive
- British Library: Oral History Collection
- Oral History Society
- Royal College of Nursing: Oral History Archive
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