Papers of Ellen May Wallis (1898-1954), a nurse at Nottingham General Hospital 1922-1927; 1920s-1954

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

Series of correspondence covering her time training as a nurse at the General Hospital including correspondence from Matron Liddle, references, and newspaper cuttings relating to a reunion of nurses from the General Hospital; 1920-1930s (MS 856/C/1-9)

Photographs of Nottingham General Hospital; n.d. [1920s-1930s] (MS 856/P/1-17)

Miscellaneous items including 4 nursing certificates and 'Nurses League' book; 1925-1954 (MS 856/X/1-5)

Administrative / Biographical History

Ellen May Wallis was born in 1898. She trained as a nurse at Nottingham General Hospital from 1922-1926. She was encouraged by Miss Liddle, matron at Nottingham General Hospital, to take her Housekeeping training which she undertook at the Royal Berkshire from May to September 1933. She served at the Samaritans Womens Hospital, Stoke Mandeville, the Fever Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, Chichester Hospital and Exminster Hospital amongst others. She was Matron at Lockyer Street Hospital, Plymouth from 1944 until her death in 1954.


The collection has been divided into three series and items within arranged chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

Copyright in all finding aids belongs to The University of Nottingham

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Good but all items contain traces of sellotape from being affixed in a scrapbook.

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Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.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 papers were acquired in July 2009.

Related Material

Material belonging to Wallis and relating to other hospitals was sent to other archival repositories.

Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham, Records of Nottingham General Hospital (ref. Uhg).