April marks the start of our Item of the Month, an initiative that aims to promote items from the LSHTM Archives that may have been overlooked in the past. We will choose items that reflect events, news, or themes of the month. This month we have chosen the School’s Charter of Incorporation, which was given the Royal approval by H.M. King George V on the 1st of April 1924.
This document is a significant part of the School’s history as it marks its departure from the Seamen’s Hospital Society to become the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The charter was also able to meet the recommendation made in the Athlone Report, published in May 1921, that suggested that ‘An institute of State Medicine should be established by the University of London in which instruction should be given in Public Health…’ was needed; with the charter the newly named School was amalgamated into the University of London.
This charter is important in making the School a state institution, but also helped make the School what it is today: a prestigious postgraduate institution in global public health.