Document ReferenceMS 362
TitleCopies of photographs of the Shipstone Operating Theatre, Nottingham General Hospital, c.1932; 1992
Extent2 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryNottingham General Hospital was founded as a charitable institution by public subscription in 1782. At the formation of the National Health Service in 1948 and the take over of the hospital by the Sheffield Regional Board, the hospital comprised 423 beds and 114 at the Cedars. Following the opening of the University Hospital, the Queen's Medical Centre, in 1977, many services were transferred there from the General. The reduction of services continued throughout the 1980s and in 1992 the General Hospital finally, closed, with its functions moving either to the University Hospital or to the City Hospital.

The main operating theatre was remodelled by Sir Thomas Shipstone and named after him in 1932.
Custodial HistoryThe original prints were lent to the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections for copying in 1992.
DescriptionThe collection comprises two black and white prints of original photographs. According to endorsements on the original photographs, they were taken by Spencer, Higson and Co., Technical Photographers and Illustrators, 1 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham:

Photograph of the interior of the Shipstone Operating Theatre, looking towards the large bay window with glazed roof (MS 362/1);

Photograph of the interior of the Shipstone Operating Theatre, looking the other way towards the door (MS 362/2).

Both photographs show the operating theatre, sinks, trolleys and other surgical equipment in the theatre.

The date of these photographs has been estimated by reference to the re-modelling of the theatre in 1932, and the fact that MS 362/1 was published in the hospital's Appeal Brochure Uhg Pr 1/4, p. 13, in 1934.
MgtGroupPersonal papers
Health records
ArrangementNo archival arrangement has been necessary.
TermHospitals - England - Nottingham - History - 20th century
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialRecords of Nottingham General Hospital (Ref: Uhg), including the 1934 Appeal Brochure in which one of the photographs was published (Uhg/Pr/1/4)
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NA1206Nottingham General Hospital
PL1263Nottingham General Hospital/Nottingham/Nottinghamshire/England
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