Health and Life Sciences

This a selection of our features that fall under the subject heading 'Health and Life Sciences'. This is to give you a flavour of the rich and diverse collections that you can find on the Archives Hub.

  • Botany: botany and botanists, from nauralists to geneticists and bio-chemists.
  • Charles Darwin and Evolution: the 200th anniversary of the birth of geologist and naturalist Charles Darwin, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his revolutionary book On the Origin of Species, which explained his theory of natural selection and evolution. With descriptions for the papers of Charles Darwin and fellow scientists, and also for the papers of interested philosophers and clergymen.
  • Charles Darwin and the Beagle Collections in the University of Cambridge: a Voyage Round the World
  • Coughs and Sneezes: influenza epidemics and public health, looking in particular at the influenza pandemic at the end of the First World War, the most serious epidemic in history; with illustrations from the Liddle Collection at Leeds University Library, and an introduction by Dr Robert Brown of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London.
  • Dig for Victory!: for the National Archive Awareness Campaign, the Hub included early 20th century illustrations of wild flowers.
  • Forensics: a partial print of the history of forensic science, shining a light on the descriptions for the papers of physicians, pharmacists, chemists and toxicologists involved in criminal investigations, and records relating to forgery and violent crimes.
  • The Great War: during the First World War, pacifists had the option of non-combat roles, such as medical orderlies, or faced imprisonment. The Society of Friends (Quakers) had already established volunteer ambulance units.
  • Heritage of our medical profession: archives from the Royal Medical Colleges.
  • Insects and Entomologists: enthusiasts and biologists, entomologists and zoologists.
  • Ornithology: scientists, enthusiasts, and illustrators.
  • Perchance to Dream: beliefs and traditions surrounding sleep, and some of the practicalities involved.
  • Scottish Brewing Archive: Celebrating 20 years of preserving Scottish brewing heritage: the brewing, malting, and coopering industries - some dating back to the 18th century.
  • Sea-Fever: Britain's maritime heritage, including lighthouses, plus oceanographers and marine scientists.
  • Shaggy Dog Stories: writers and artists inspired by dogs.
  • Stuff the diet!: baking cakes and biscuits, plus agriculture and the production of some of the ingredients.
  • Think Positive: individuals and organisations who have played a part in improving quality of life, from suffragists to peace campaigners.
  • Trees: trees and botany, and how they weave their way through our lives, our history, our art and architecture and our folklore.
  • Tuberculosis: the epidemic disease tuberculosis, once known as 'consumption'. highlighting the records of hospitals and sanatoriums, the papers of medical professionals, campaigners and organisations, and victims of the disease; illustrated with photographs from Lothian Health Services Archive, The Women's Library, the People's History Museum, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
  • The Welsh in Patagonia: the founding of a Welsh-speaking settlement in Patagonia in the mid-19th century.


Alt text goes hereFrom: The Royal Society of Medicine (©). Tertia Musculorum tabula. Part of the Archives Hub feature on the Medical Profession.