Health archive earns national plaudit

A historically significant archive of healthcare-related material at the University has been officially recognised.

Vintage photo of a nurse holding a blood sample

Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) holds important local records of NHS hospitals and other material, dating back to 1594.

This is a fantastic achievement and recognises the excellent work of Lothian Health Services Archive in collecting and preserving important local historical records.

Dr David FarquharsonMedical Director, NHS Lothian

LHSA, NHS Lothian’s archive at the University’s Centre for Research Collections in the Main Library, has been awarded Accredited Archive Status.

High quality

The award is external recognition of the high quality of LHSA’s collections and the facilities provided around them at the Centre for Research Collections.

Achieving accredited status demonstrates that LHSA has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its users.

We are proud and delighted that one of the most important archival collections in Edinburgh has received this recognition, which is a tribute to the hard work and professionalism of the staff.

Dr Joseph MarshallHead of Special Collections and the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh

Historical significance

LHSA collects, preserves and catalogues records, and promotes them to increase understanding of the history of health and for the benefit of all.

In addition to a wealth of historically-important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material, LHSA holds the Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS Collections, which were inscribed to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register in 2011.

LHSA is one of only three Scottish archives to have been accredited to date, including the nation’s archive, the National Records of Scotland.