Oxfordshire Health Archives
The Warneford Hospital
[with answer phone for messages]
Oxfordshire Health Archives selects and cares for the historic archives of NHS hospitals in Oxfordshire and provides advice on the management, care and disposal of recent records. We care for the archives of twenty two Oxfordshire hospitals, eight administrative bodies and several nurse training schools, as well as the collections of such related bodies as Leagues of Friends and Nurses' Alumni organizations.
The Archives have many different uses. Their primary purpose is to support and inform the day to day work of the NHS, but as they grow older they become of interest to many different researchers. Most of our users are working in the fields of the history of medicine and health care or family history, but the Archives are also used for social, architectural and local history, and for medical research. Famous historical figures turn up in the Archives: Florence Nightingale gave advice on screening beds; the future Tsar Alexander II and W.E. Gladstone both gave money to the Radcliffe Infirmary; novelist Mary Renault nursed in Oxford. And there are the unexpected sources: the Warneford Hospital's records include over 300 documents relating to property in Sussex, some of them 250 years older than the hospital itself.
Archive, Science centre
By appointment only.
We work part time:
Fridays (all day)
One other half day (usually Tuesday morning: other times by arrangement.)