Clair hard at work with the Register
Friday, 24 October 2014
Friday, 17 October 2014
|GD22 - Balloon samples, before treatment. Balloons are wrapped in tissue paper and stored inside a paper envelope.|
|GD22 - Balloon samples, after treatment. Balloons are inserted into a polyester sleeve and stored in a shallow clam shell box with frame.|
|GD22- Plastic bunting, before treatment. Object is wrapped in tissue paper.|
|GD22 - Plastic Bunting, after treatment. Object is stored in a 'concertina' folder.|
|GD22 - Watches, before treatment. Watches are wrapped in tissue paper.|
|GD22 - Watches, after treatment. Watches are stored in box with clear polyester window.|
Thoughtful storage can ensure the longevity of the object. I hope these items will survive for many years to come!
Friday, 10 October 2014
Official recognition of LHSA's HIV/AIDS collections by UNESCO, awarded in 2011.
World AIDS Day resource pack (GD21/4/3), an example of some of the amazing graphic design in our HIV/AIDS collections.
Teachers and pupils will be able to access the website long after the project has ended and it is hoped that future LHSA projects will add to the resources already produced. The HIV/AIDS project has shown that there are many different ways for archivists to provide access to their collections - and sometimes thinking outside the box provides the best results.
Friday, 3 October 2014
|Liz and Karyn - all smiles for now!|
|It looks pretty high to me... image from Edinburgh University Archives Collections EUA CA1/2|
LHSA has established links with Waverly Care over the past few months as part of the Wellcome Trust funded HIV/AIDS cataloguing and conservation project. Material relating to and produced by Waverley Care can be found in some of the collections that Karyn and Emily have been cataloguing and conserving. Following discussions with the charity and after an afternoon spent with them appraising material, they have decided to deposit some of their records with LHSA.
Waverley Care was established in 1989 and works to provide care, advice and assistance to individuals and their families affected by HIV and Hepatitis C in Scotland. They provide a range of services and also focus on educating people to promote understanding and prevention. To find out more visit their website: http://www.waverleycare.org/
Friday, 26 September 2014
Cartoon - part of programme proof sheet, 1935 (LHB5/34/35)
Photographs of illustrations used in Life Association for Scotland Calendar, 1931 (LHB5/34/37)
Golfing photograph, 1931 (LHB5/34/37)
Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children collection: http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/collections/LHB5/lhb5_index.htm
Friday, 19 September 2014
Cheyne-Stokes respiration demonstration board (ref. D P264 FM)
Friday, 12 September 2014
Archives often have to be very imaginative in order to find funding for important programmes such as conservation, cataloguing or educational projects. So I have been collecting information on possible external funders and have created a directory for future use.
With more than 8,500 funding organisations in the UK alone, a fundraiser should always stay clear-minded! What is the taxonomy of funders? 1. Firstly, the big funders. They generally fund a large spectrum of projects. We find public (or assimilated) bodies like the Heritage Lottery Fund or the Research Councils. Charities such as the Wolfson Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust (funder of LHSA's current projects) are extremely generous and award annual grants amounting to millions of pounds. 2. Family Trusts, professional bodies and London livery companies populate the second category. They generally give several dozens of thousands of pounds to charities operating in fields related to their main interests. 3. Finally, there are the small trusts distributing a few thousand pounds a year. Their scope of activity is often more restricted - one example is a bursary that is only available for descendants of French Protestant families from the Charente area (north of Bordeaux) who settled in Scotland in the 18th century, to study in Scottish universities!
One other task I’ve been given is to prepare an application for the funding of a touring programme to several British universities to present and promote our case note cataloguing project. It has involved a good deal of costing (transport, meals, accommodation) and my skills have been branded as good as those of a travel agency! At least I have a plan B if not successful in the archive profession…
When not prospecting for external funding, I have visited other collections nearby. Firstly, a tour of the University's Anatomy Museum to admire skull casts of Burke and Hare. And then the archives of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh where I have been able to discover the surgical tools used by Norman Dott, a neurosurgeon, whose archives I’ve previously been cataloguing. The picture below shows my colleague Liz and I at the College of Surgeons - Liz wasn't too keen when I suggested we try out the instruments!