Glasgow Ophthalmic Institution, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1870-1891
  • Annual reports 1870-1940
  • Registers 1871-1965

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Glasgow Ophthalmic Institution opened in  1868  and was located at 126 West Regent St from 1872 until 1982. The Institution was "... for the treatment of diseases and injuries of the eye in the cases of the afflicted poor ...". Although it did treat in-patients, the great bulk of its work was with out-patients. It also provided clinical teaching. From 1892 until 1948 the Institution was administered by the Glasgow Royal Infirmary although it continued to have separate subscribers and funds. In  1948  it joined the National Health Service under the Board of Management for the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Associated Institutions. Its separate existence came to an end with the completion of the Department of Ophthalmology at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in  1981-1982 .


Chronological within record class

Conditions Governing Access

Normal 30 year and 75 year closures apply

Acquisition Information

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alistair Tough, Greater Glasgow NHS Board Archivist, 23 July 1998.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 812 procedures

Custodial History

Records held within National Health Service prior to transfer

Related Material

GB 812 HB 28, Records of Western Regional Hospital Board, Glasgow; HB 55, Records of Greater Glasgow Health Board; HB 14 and HH 67, Records of Glasgow Royal Infirmary; and HB 89, Records of William John Brownlow Riddell, British ophthalmologist, c.1899-1976.


Riddell, W J BGlasgow Ophthalmic Institution, 1868-1968. 1968 Glasgow Board of Management for Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Associated Hospitals ..