Papers of Sir Harry Platt, 1886-1986

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence between Sir Harry Platt and Sir Robert Jones, on a variety of subjects 1919-1929
  • Correspondence between Platt and E.J. Pennack re. Alder Hey Hospital during WWI, when it was a military orthopaedic hospital.
  • Filmscript, by Platt and Prof. Bryan McFarland, of a short film about Sir Robert Jones.
  • Correspondence between Platt, Sir Robert Jones, and others re. a revised edition of Jones & Lovatt's Textbook of Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • Papers re. Harold Larwood, Cricketer, a patient of Platt's. Includes casenotes, x-rays, correspondence, and a signed photo of Larwood.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Harry Platt was born on 7 October 1886, at Thornham, near Rochdale, Lancashire. From the age of five he suffered from a tuberculous knee-joint, and consequently never attended school. (The knee was treated by Sir Robert Jones, who would later become Platt's surgical mentor and close friend.) Platt studied medicine at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1909 with degrees from both Manchester and London. He later obtained the degree of MD from London (1912) and Manchester (1921).

After graduating Platt held Resident, and then Registrar, appointments at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He then went on to complete his orthopaedic training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, London, and at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA. On his return to England in 1914 Platt was appointed Surgeon to Ancoats Hospital, Manchester. During WWI, serving as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he was Surgeon-in-Charge of a military orthopaedic centre in Manchester.

In 1920 Platt became Surgical Director of the Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, and in 1932 he also obtained the post of Orthopaedic Surgeon at Manchester Royal Infirmary. From 1939 he was also Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Manchester. Platt held all of these posts until his retirement in 1951.

During WWII he was appointed Consultant Advisor in Orthopaedic Surgery to the Emergency Medical Service. Harry Platt served on the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons 1940-1958, and was Vice President 1949-1950, and President 1954-1957. He was a founder member of the British Orthopaedic Association, 1916,and its President 1934-1935. He was also President of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1931-1932.

Sir Harry Platt received a knighthood in 1948, and a baronetcy in 1958. He died on the 20 December 1986.


The papers have been arranged in six series. Within each series the arrangement is generally chronological.

Access Information

Open for consultation, by prior appointment.

Acquisition Information

Most of the papers were given to the Liverpool Medical Institution in 1979, by Mr. Geronwy Thomas, on behalf of Sir Harry Platt.

The papers relating to Harold Larwood were given to the Institution on 23 January 1969, by Professor Robert Roaf, on behalf of Sir Harry Platt.


Description compiled by R. Myring, with reference to Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 1983-1990. and British Medical Journal, 1987, vol 294, pp.129-130.

Other Finding Aids

Word-processed catalogue.

Alternative Form Available

No copies are known to exist.

Conditions Governing Use

Most of the material is believed to be in copyright.

Custodial History

The papers were catalogued in 2003, by R. Myring.


No accruals are expected.

Related Material

Other papers of Sir Harry Platt are held at the University of Manchester, and at the University of Leeds (GB 0206 Liddle Collection DF102).



Additional Information

Liverpool Medical Institution.