Records deposited on permanent loan by the Westminster Children's Society, 121 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4LX on 28 June 1984
Administrative / biographical background:
The City of Westminster Health Society was founded in 1903 by Margaret Horn. Its aims were to try and combat the continuing rise of maternal and infant mortality rates and to help consumptive patients within Westminster.
The Society soon expanded its activities and established Medical Inspection Centres and its own training scheme. Other activities included Mothercraft and cookery classes, needlework classes, dental inspections and antenatal clinics.
Since the second world war the emphasis of the Society's work has gradually changed and today it is primarily concerned with Toddler's Clubs and nurseries. As a result of this, in 1977, the City of Westminster Health Society changed its name to the Westminster Children's Society; a title which more accurately reflects its modern work.