Source hospi­tal and asy­lum records

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - 20TH CENTURY ANCESTORS -

Data pro­tec­tion is­sues of­ten com­pli­cate the search for hospi­tal records from the 20th cen­tury. How­ever, as long as you can pro­vide proof that the in­di­vid­ual con­cerned is no longer alive, it is pos­si­ble for the archive to ac­cess the records and pro­vide copies of the per­ti­nent sec­tion even if a cat­a­logue en­try states that the records are closed. Search for de­tails of hold­ings via The Na­tional Ar­chives’ cat­a­logue dis­cov­ery.na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk or its (no longer up­dated) Hospi­tal Records Data­base at na­tion­alarchives.gov.uk/hos­pi­tal­records, then get in touch with the ar­chiv­ist to ask if a copy can be made of any ma­te­rial with de­tails of your an­ces­tor.

Also the Well­come Li­brary has digi­tised a num­ber of records re­lat­ing to men­tal health­care, in­clud­ing many that span the whole of the 20th cen­tury ( bit.ly/ well­come-men­tal). Pa­tient records only go up to 1913 on­line, but there are staff pho­tos, mag­a­zines, min­utes and other records go­ing all the way up to 2000.

This pho­to­graph of the Gart­navel Royal Hospi­tal bowl­ing club is from the Well­come Li­brary's on­line col­lec­tion

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