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Digitising family history sources

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Starting May 2015 the Wellcome Library will begin digitising some of its family history materials in partnership with Ancestry.co.uk. The digitised images will be freely accessible through the Library website and will become available from early 2016.

The published journals included in this project are:

  • the Medical Directory
  • the Midwives Roll
  • the Medical Students’ Register
  • the Medical and Dental Students’ Register
  • the Dentists Register.

We will also be digitising the Queen’s Roll from the Queen’s Nursing Institute archive (Library ref. SA/QNI/J.3) and membership records from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy archive (Library ref. SA/CSP/D), as well as a manuscript dated 1658 that contains the names of witches in Scotland (Library ref. MS.3658).

Advertisments in the Medical Directory. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org

Medical Brougham and Victoria-Hansom Cabs: advertisements in the Medical Directory, 1895. Wellcome Images reference: M0009978.

The material will be photographed in three batches, the first of which will contain the Medical Directory from 1847-1942. This material will be out of circulation from Wednesday 13th May for 10 weeks, during which time items will be unavailable for consultation. For those wishing to access this material before the end of July 2015 you may like to visit the British Library as it holds a complete run of the Medical Directory as part of its General Reference Collection.

When planning your visit to the Library over the upcoming months please check the Library catalogue to see if the material you require will be available. Check our website for full information on all material scheduled for digitisation . Photography for all items in this project will be completed by the end of October 2015.

Author: Toni Hardy is Archivist (Digital Discovery & Delivery) at the Wellcome Library.

Toni Hardy

Toni Hardy is Archivist for Digital Discovery and Delivery at the Wellcome Library.

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