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Medical Reports on Patients

This information was presented at the monthly Committee meeting. Earlier monthly medical reports are in Committee of Management Minute Book 1826-1840 (RET 1/1/4/2)

Superintendent's Reports

Monthly reports, presented by the Superintendent, to Committee meetings, with information on admissions, discharges, staff, and other mattersApproximately 2 - 3 volumes are missing in the series between RET 1/1/6/5 and RET 1/1/6/6

General Committee Papers

The first item comprises loose survivals; those from 1879 are original folders of papers including correspondence, reports of sub-committees, reports etcThere is a gap in the dates of the series between RET 1/1/6/5/2 and RET 1/1/6/5/3

Secretary's Out-Letter Books

Although in general most correspondence in these volumes is from the Secretary, there is some material in the name of the Superintendent, doctors and other officers of the RetreatThe chronological arrangement of the early volumes is erraticThe pag...

William Tuke Letters

These are outgoing letters by William Tuke. The letter at /2 is probably a copy which was kept by him in the Retreat papers. The letters of William Tuke, both here and elsewhere in the Retreat archive, were given back to the institution by his des...

150th Anniversary Celebrations

The Retreat celebrated its 150th anniversary in 1946 in a variety of high profile events and publications.The main celebration was held at the Retreat on 11 May 1946, with a programme of tree planting, and celebratory speeches which were later rep...

Correspondence with other Mental Hospitals

These files contain information relating to staff wages, hours of work and pensions, on the cost of maintaining patients and the fees charged, and on many other administrative details. An institution would often seek the advice of other hospitals ...

General Matters

A file is probably missing between RET 1/5/5/5/1 and RET 1/5/5/5/2 which would have covered 1911These are files covering a variety of routine and special business


These papers contain information and advertisements sent for inclusion in Medical Directories and Journals, publicity material such as prospectuses printed by the Retreat to send out to interested parties, and publicity to encourage nursing recruits

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