St George’s, University of London, has a long and rich history, dating back more than 250 years.

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Explore our Archives & Special Collections catalogue online

Please note that we have only recently started cataloguing our collections and the catalogue is being added to on a frequent basis.

Archives overview

The Archives & Special Collections is home to records which document the history, functions and development of both St George’s Hospital and the Medical School. The collection also contains a rich selection of artefacts, artworks and rare books ranging from the 16th-21st century.

The Archives & Special Collections at St George's include, but are not limited to the following:


Medical School records

The Archive holds records which chart the development of the Medical School from the very beginning. Records include maps and plans, student registers, school publications such as yearbooks, annual reports and prospectuses.

Minute books exist for a number of committees and bodies associated with St George’s Hospital and the Medical School. See our minute books research guide [PDF] for an overview of the volumes held and for a listing of the Medical School Committee Minute Books, dating from 1862-1945.

The Archive also holds a number of record cards of medical students and student nurses from the early 1900s onwards, often providing details of their training and examinations.


Photograph showing plan for the ground floor of the new St George's Hospital Medical School at Hyde Park Corner, c.1868



St George's Archives & Special Collections holds a large collection of photographic material depicting events and ceremonies, buildings, students, medical staff, nurses and other individuals. Photographs relate to the former St George's Hospital Group sites including:

  • St George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner
  • Grove Fever Hospital, Tooting
  • Bolingbroke Hospital, Wandsworth Common
  • St James' Hospital, Balham
  • Victoria Hospital for Children, Chelsea
  • Atkinson Morley Hospital, Wimbledon
  • Tooting Bec Hospital, Tooting
  • South London Hospital for Women and Children, Clapham
  • Weir Maternity Hospital



Photograph showing the hide of Blossom the cow, used in Edward Jenner's cowpox experiment, mounted on the wall in the Robert Barnes Pathology Laboratory at St George's Hospital, c. 1907


Post mortem records

St George’s Archives & Special Collections looks after a fascinating collection of post mortem examinations and case books, dating continuously from 1841 to 1946. Please see our post-mortem and casebooks research guide [PDF] for further information on these items.

The archive has recently been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust for a project to conserve, digitise and catalogue the post mortem records.  This project officially started in March 2018 and the post mortem materials were transferred off-site for conservation and digitisation work to begin.

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 Photograph of index from post mortem examinations and case book, 1846


Rare books

There are a number of books which came from the original Medical School library at Hyde Park Corner in central London. The oldest book identified in the collection is written in Latin and dates back to the 16th century.



The Archive is home to a number of artefacts collected by the Hospital and Medical School over the years. This collection includes surgical instruments, medals, badges, and other fascinating items.


Photograph showing a 'Support a Bed' collecting box, raising money for St George's Hospital, 1936


Artworks and busts

The Archive has a growing collection of artworks, and busts of individuals associated with the Hospital and Medical School.


Materials held elsewhere

Please note that the majority of records relating to hospitals in, or affiliated to, the St George's Hospital Group are held at the London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. Related collections are also held at the Royal College of Surgeons.



Work is currently under way to organise and develop the Archives & Special Collections to make the materials more accessible to researchers.

If you have an enquiry about information we might hold, or would like to consult items in our collection, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that access to the Archives & Special Collecions is by appointment only. Some archival items may have closure periods or be unfit for access for preservation reasons.


Ordering copies

We can provide copies of certain materials in the Archives & Special Collections in accordance with copyright regulations. Please note that some material is unsuitable for scanning for preservation reasons. Materials will be individually assessed by the Archivist prior to scanning.

If you request copies remotely, we will send you a quote for the total cost, and a Copyright Declaration form to complete and return before we produce copies. The Archivist will then organise a suitable time with you to process your payment via credit or debit card over the telephone.  Upon receipt of payment, we will send you the copies via email or post. Note that payments can also be accepted via cheque.

Readers can take their own digital photographs in the Archive reading area on completion of the Self-Service Photography Form.

We can also arrange for our in-house Digital Services team to professionally photograph items from the Archives & Special Collections. This is particularly applicable for items required for publication or which are too large or detailed for regular scanning. Please contact the Archivist for details of costs.


Gifts and donations

If you would like to discuss a possible donation to the Archives & Special Collections, please contact the Archivist, Carly Manson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Last Updated: Tuesday, 02 July 2019 12:57

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