Friday, 14 December 2012

On the seventh day of Christmas... true love sent to me…seven seminars.

As part of our outreach and education programme, LHSA provides seminars to groups who are interested in learning more about our collections, and the research possibilities associated with them. In 2012 we’ve continued to provide a seminar series in association with Dr Gayle Davis of the University of Edinburgh’s Economic and Social History Department, entitled ‘History in Practice’, over three sessions. Students are able to get up close to the collection items and discuss issues such as archival appraisal and the reliability of historical sources to challenge ideas of how history is written. 

Students on the MSc Medicine and Society in Modern Britain
Masters students on two other University of Edinburgh programmes in ‘Working with Collections’ and ‘Medicine and Society in Modern Britain’ were also provided with practical sessions on how to preserve collection items, and how to conduct research in the Archive. Masters students from a nursing course in Germany were also welcomed to LHSA in the autumn to learn about the rich history of medicine collections available in Edinburgh, whilst members of staff from Artlink were treated to a display of material from the Royal Edinburgh Hospital to help focus their research for exhibitions in 2013. In all, about 80 participants have been involved in 2012 and we have bookings in place for 2013 already!

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