Leeds University Library

Wellcome award for health collections

Published Tuesday 15 December 2015

Register of burials at the Leeds General Cemetery, at Woodhouse

New project to catalogue and preserve medical collections for research underway

Special Collections is starting work on an exciting new project to provide access to a number of archive collections relating to medicine and health in Leeds.

The collections provide insight into the development of medical provision and training in Leeds between the 18th-20th centuries, and the medical practice of a number of prominent individuals. These include:

  • Records relating to the Leeds General Infirmary, including nurse training registers
  • Records of the Leeds School of Medicine
  • Records of the University of Leeds Department of Public Health: Health Visitor Education
  • Case notebooks of the surgeon William Hey (1736-1819) and Thomas Scattergood (1825-1900), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Leeds
  • The papers of Dame Kathleen Raven (1910-1999), Chief Nursing Officer

The project's aim is to make the collections more widely accessible, to encourage use and inspire new research by creating online catalogues and digitising selected items. This will include improving the long-term preservation of this material by undertaking repackaging and conservation treatments where appropriate.

The records of the Leeds General Cemetery Company Ltd, which include the company's business papers and the registers of burials which run from 1835 to 1992, will also be catalogued to archival standards.

The project is funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Resources Award and will run for two and a half years.

Look out for regular news on project developments in the Special Collections blog.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Special Collections.