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    Voluntary Hospitals Database

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Class, Economics, Medicine
    Geographic Focus Great Britain and Ireland
    Chronology 1800s, 1900s
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    • Jonathan

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    This project sought to provide a spatial and temporal analysis of the voluntary hospitals between the 1890s and 1940s. The key questions were: first, how did patterns of provision and utilisation differ by area, and how did these change over time? Second, how did the distribution of charitable financing vary by place, and what were the trends in income and expenditure? John Mohan and Martin Powell, along with their team, created the database between 1996 and 1999 using Oracle at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.  In 2008/2009, the database was moved to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

    The project draws on Burdett’s Hospitals and Charities: The Year Book of Philanthropy and Hospital Annual, published between 1892 and 1930, and then The Hospital's Yearbook, published from 1928. For the period 1921-1928, the team used the following sources: Order of St John’s Third - Ninth Annual Report on the Voluntary Hospitals in Great Britain (excluding London) and the King Edward's Hospital Fund for London, Statistical Summary

    What to Know:

    • This is primarily quantitative data. There is no qualitative data provided regarding the hospitals. However, the amount of quantitative data available is extremely impressive. 
    • The search feature requires you to find the hospital on a map. This can be frustrating at times. 

    Edited by Jonathan


    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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