The 1836 Registration Act received royal assent

The 1836 Registration Act established the General Register Office and a new system of national registration of births, marriages and deaths to take effect from 1837. There was a need to set up a system to record births to aid with the planning of services and to record deaths to enable further study on the causes of mortality.

The accurate recording of births and deaths was to be a vital tool in improving population health and would later enable systematic interventions such as vaccination as well as aiding research and data analysis.