This record is held by East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Record Office (ESBHRO)

Details of AMS6315
Reference: AMS6315

Summary of contents


AMS6315/1 Copies of rules; 1855-1925


AMS6315/2 Annual reports; 1856-1861


AMS6315/3 Balance sheets; 1913-1953


AMS6315/4 General and committee meeting minutes; 1851-1953


AMS6315/5 Medical registration committee minutes; 1858-1859


AMS6315/6 Membership lists; 1855-1949


AMS6315/7 Subscription receipt stubs; 1894-1947


AMS6315/8 Subscription receipt book; 1924-1943


AMS6315/9 Secretary's papers; 1849-1936


AMS6315/10 Leases of premises; 1888-1934


AMS6315/11 Cash books; 1851-1873


AMS6315/12 Catalogues of the library; 1858-1928


AMS6315/13 Registers of books borrowed from the library; 1851-1944


AMS6315/14 Programmes of annual dinners; 1913-1938


AMS6315/15 Sussex Medical Friendly Society cash books; 1857-1885


AMS6315/16 Sussex Medical Friendly Society subscription receipt stubs; 1885-1893


AMS6315/17 Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society, printed records; 1854-1881


AMS6315/18 Sussex Medical Friendly Society copies of rules; nd (c1857)

Date: 1851-1973
Held by: East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Record Office (ESBHRO), not available at The National Archives
Language: English

East Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society

Physical description: 18 Series
Access conditions:

Open to consultation, unless otherwise stated

Immediate source of acquisition:

Documents given 2 Oct 1992 (ACC 5967)

  • Medical libraries
  • Public health
Administrative / biographical background:

The Society was founded on 23 May 1851 as the Hastings and St Leonards Medico-Chirurgical Society. Its declared purpose was that of 'circulating medical books and periodicals, of forming a permanent medical library and of holding periodical meetings'.


In 1855 an appeal was launched to encourage doctors from the surrounding areas to join the Society. On 23 May 1855 the Society's name was changed to the East Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society to reflect the enlarged catchment area. Quarterly meetings were then held at Hastings, Rye, Battle and Eastbourne.


The Society agreed in 1859 to undertake the duties of a medical registration society for the eastern part of Sussex (see AMS6315/9/2). From November 1863 the Society's rules were amended to allow it to adjudicate in professional disputes (see AMS6315/9/13).


During the 1850s the Society campaigned against the presence of lead in the Hastings water supply and, in 1858, for the renewal of the provisions of the 1848 Public Health Act.


Other areas of concern to the Society included the poor state of the Borough Sanatorium in the 1890s and an unrelenting campaign against homoeopathy (see AMS6315/9/10 and 9).


In January 1885 the Society objected to powers in the Hastings Corporation bill for the compulsory notification of infectious diseases.


On 8 September 1992 the remaining members of the Society (then numbering 6) decided to disband the Society. The medical artist's drawings were handed to the Department of Medical Illustration, Conquest Hospital, Hastings.

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