I’ve now completed three weeks of my internship and have finished the first phase of the cataloguing of LHSA’s photographic collection. A list of our items has now been completed and Archivist Laura has advised me which series they fit into. Our collection includes photographs and drawings of notable Scottish physicians, and Laura was also delighted to see a ‘photogravure’ (a printmaking process that replicates the detail and continuous tones of a photograph) of the eminent psychiatrist TS Clouston. Clouston was appointed as Superintendent of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum in 1873 and also served as a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. His publications on mental illness established him as a leader in the field of psychiatry.
Photogravure of Thomas Clouston
On Thursday we visited the conservation studio at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. The conservator, Tizzy, made us very welcome and talked to us about their holdings and the work she does there.
I also had an opportunity on Wednesday to talk to our Research Intern, Kirsten about her work; we looked at some of the archival material she has been examining and decided together on ways in which they could be used as an educational resource. This was really interesting for me as this was the focus of my MSc dissertation, and something I’m hoping to find out more about next week when Project Archivist Louise and I attend the Scottish Council on Archives Enquiry Learning Workshop at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow.