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Great Ormond Street hospital and Kingston University publish records of Victorian era children

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Records of children from the Victorian era who visited Great Ormond Street hospital are now available online, in a new project by Kingston University.

The Small and Special website has added 10,000 records of children in the Victorian and Edwardian periods who visited the hospital’s Cromwell House in North London.

The website holds more than 84,000 records of young patients who attended Great Ormond Street Hospital from 1852-1914.

Sue Hawkins, research project manager, said: ‘The records give a real glimpse into the hospital process, the way it was embraced by the public and the personal journeys made by patients.’

The new records were compiled by academics and volunteers from Kingston University. It includes children’s personal details, symptoms and outcomes.

The website also allows visitors to follow individual stories, such as that of six-year-old Sarah Coulson, who was admitted on 16 August 1875 with burns. Many of the children were from poor families and the hospital provided food, warmth and education.

Users can search for children by name, age or address, and is a resource for historians or those interested in family history.

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