In 1989-90 I undertook a survey of Scottish Hospitals, funded by a grant from the Scottish Research Council. This resulted in an unpublished gazetteer and formed the basis of a short book, published by Historic Scotland in 2010 entitled Building up your Health – available free as a PDF here.
I thought it was high time that the gazetteer should be both updated and shared more widely and so I started this blog. There are pages covering each area of Scotland in which there is a list of the hospitals, past and present. I am slowly updating the original gazetteer entries and adding maps and illustrations. This is a work in progress, so will change and grow over time. In addition I have been writing occasional posts, highlighting particular sites or building types.
I would also like to share some of the work that I was involved in for the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England’s survey of hospital buildings undertaken in 1991-4, and which resulted in a large body of work deposited in Historic England’s archives at Swindon and a book published in 1998 English Hospitals 1660-1948. A team of six worked on the hospitals project, based in the RCHME offices in York, Cambridge and London. Robert Taylor in the Cambridge office produced a monthly newsletter which he circulated amongst the team, entitled the Hospitals Investigator. Here you will find extracts from the newsletter in occasional blog posts.
Between 1991 and 2018 I worked on the Survey of London, latterly on Oxford Street, and contributed to the volumes on Knightsbridge, Clerkenwell, Battersea and South East Marylebone. I moved back to Scotland, and am now a PhD student at Edinburgh College of Art researching post-war hospitals in Scotland. I am also an honorary research associate of the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
At the moment I am in the process of revising this site, which went a bit pear shaped after some WordPress updates, so I apologise if some of the pages look a little odd. Please do get in touch if you spot mistakes, have anything that you would like to contribute, or have any questions. You can leave a comment or email me at Harriet.Richardson@ucl.ac.uk