Papers relating to Patricia Latham, nurse at the General Hospital, Nottingham; 1911-1957

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

Training chart for Nurse Latham; 1953 (MS 857/1)

'Record of twelve months' work at the Nottingham General Hospital from 1st January to 31 December, 1911, being the 130th annual report, with thirteen illustrations'; 1911 (MS 857/2)

Balliére's 'Popular Atlas of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Human Body' (1949) with colour illustrations of female anatomy. Marked 'F. Hutching' on cover. (MS 857/3)

Administrative / Biographical History

Patricia Latham was born on 29 March 1935 in West Bridgford. Her family was reasonably wealthy with her grandfather owning one of the first motor cars in Nottingham. She spent much of her childhood living with aunts and uncles who paid for her to be educated at The Mount Girls School, York alongside Dame Judi Dench and Susan Drabble (who wrote under the pen name of A.S. Byatt). Latham remained friends with Drabble and would often visit her family and her sister, the author Margaret Drabble.

She began her nursing training in 1953 at the General Hospital in Nottingham and met her husband in 1955. Her daughter was born in 1957 when she was forced to give up her work as a nurse due to the effects of morning sickness.

When her daughter was older she recommenced nursing as Sister in Charge at Southwell Surgery, where she worked for around 20 years.


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Other Finding Aids

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Online: Available on the Manuscripts Online Catalogue, accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements


Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The items were acquired in August 2009.