The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Library and Archive is delighted to announce the launch of its new website archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk, a catalogue of information that will enable visitors to view unique manuscripts and photographic collections of the College’s history.
The website will feature a new Surgeons Database, allowing users to trace ancestors who qualified from the College from the earliest days of the barber-surgeons through to 1918.
Existing collections still available on the website include images taken by military surgeon and former Surgeons’ Hall Museums conservator, Henry Wade. Wade carried a small camera to all locations he visited during his time with the Scottish Horse Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance Service. There are photographic collections from the Scottish Women’s Hospitals set up by Elsie Inglis and of an Edinburgh surgeons’ tour of European hospitals featuring some of the most prolific scientists and surgeons of the time. Alongside the photographic collections are digitised 16th-18th century records that demonstrate fractured relationships between the surgeons, barbers, apothecaries, physicians and Edinburgh Town Council.
Web site address (for the College) is: https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/news-public-affairs/news/2018/november/rare-collections-and-historic-manuscripts-available-online-for-the-first-time
Web site address (for the Archive) is: https://archiveandlibrary.rcsed.ac.uk/