Cleaning and housing the St Mark’s Hospital glass lantern slides collection

The St Mark's Hospital archive includes a collection of over 600 glass lantern slides, chiefly of histology specimens, plus related diagrams, charts and microscopic pathology images. It is thought that they were maintained by the Pathology Department or Research Department and were used for research and teaching purposes as well as forming clinical records of some St … Continue reading Cleaning and housing the St Mark’s Hospital glass lantern slides collection

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Attending St Mark’s Hospital in the 1930s: Examining and preserving the case notes

The St Mark's Hospital Archive contains an extensive record of the patients who passed through the hospital's doors from 1900 onwards. An array of patient registers, such as admission and discharge, ward, private patient, out-patient, radium, anaesthetics, daily beds and operating theatre, covering 1900-1994, are complemented by Clinical Staff Meeting records where individual cases were … Continue reading Attending St Mark’s Hospital in the 1930s: Examining and preserving the case notes

Sir Charles Gordon Gordon-Watson: Impressions of a St Mark’s surgeon Part 3

In this final article on Gordon-Watson I will explore the surgeon's life outside the operating theatre and demonstrate how medical archives contain so much more than just 'dry' medical history. Gordon-Watson was a general surgeon at heart. In the years before 1920 he also held posts at the Metropolitan Hospital and St Andrews Hospitals, Dollis … Continue reading Sir Charles Gordon Gordon-Watson: Impressions of a St Mark’s surgeon Part 3

Sir Charles Gordon Gordon-Watson: Impressions of a St Mark’s surgeon Part 2

In this second in a series of three articles I will examine Gordon-Watson's career at St Mark's and St Bartholomew's Hospitals where he held surgical posts up until the early 1930s. After returning from medical service in the Boer War, Gordon-Watson was anxious to establish himself, taking on posts in a number of London hospitals. … Continue reading Sir Charles Gordon Gordon-Watson: Impressions of a St Mark’s surgeon Part 2

Sir Charles Gordon Gordon-Watson: Impressions of a St Mark’s Surgeon Part 1

In this next series of blog posts I aim to show how archival research on a single subject or person often opens up an Aladdin's cave of equally fascinating historical avenues and tangents. The wealth of contextual documents contribute to forming a more holistic picture of a person and they times the lived in. In … Continue reading Sir Charles Gordon Gordon-Watson: Impressions of a St Mark’s Surgeon Part 1

The Archivist’s first month PART 2: Insights and Impressions from the St Mark’s Photographic Collection

Shortly after St Mark’s Hospital moved to Northwick Park a collection of photographs and slides were transferred by the Medical Photography Department to St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archive. Filling two shelves in the archive store room, the collection comprised over four thousand print images (some with the accompanying negatives), nearly five hundred 35mm slides and about … Continue reading The Archivist’s first month PART 2: Insights and Impressions from the St Mark’s Photographic Collection

The Archivist’s first month PART 1: Getting acquainted

It is now six weeks* since I started work as the Project Archivist and it is high time for introductions and a project update. I began working at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives and Museum in January 2017 when I was engaged to catalogue the archive of the Medical College (a project funded by the The … Continue reading The Archivist’s first month PART 1: Getting acquainted