University Collections has secured funding from the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History grants scheme to carry out two exciting new projects to raise the accessibility and profile of historically significant material held in the Centre for Research Collections.
Lothian Health Services Archive has been awarded £86,991 to catalogue Norman Dott’s case notes, dating from 1920 to 1960. Dott had an international reputation in surgical neurology, holding posts in several major Edinburgh hospitals and establishing the Royal Infirmary’s new Surgical Neurology Unit and the Brain Injuries Unit at Bangour Hospital. He became the University of Edinburgh’s first Professor of Surgical Neurology in 1947.
This two-year project will catalogue four separate series of case notes, which have already been conserved through previous Wellcome Trust-funded work. As well as the production of a catalogue enabling this rich resource to be utilised fully, there will also be a seminar and small exhibition.
Special Collections is delighted to report the launch of ‘Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics’. The project, which runs until 2014, will catalogue and preserve the archival records of the Roslin Institute (who famously cloned Dolly the Sheep in 1996) as well as the University’s Institute of Animal Genetics and key geneticists such as Conrad Waddington (1905-1975), Francis Crew (1886-1973) and zoologist James Cossar Ewart (1851-1933). The records and printed collections will be catalogued and made available online on national networks as well as a bespoke website. We are looking forward to making these collections more accessible for academic, historical and educational uses, as well as further expanding and developing our Genetics collections for potential future projects.
This article was published on Nov 23, 2012