School of History, Philosophy and Culture

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  • Resources

    With ever more websites offering ever more online resources of interest for our staff and students alike, we have compiled a list of useful external links ranging from online archives to funding bodies to externally hosted podcasts we have produced to a nationwide list of fellow history of medicine centres and institutions.

    The compilation offered here is not exhaustive. If you have resources that should be added here, please contact Tudor Georgescu,

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    • Dorset House Archive: "The Dorset House Archive documents the history of Dorset House, the first School of Occupational Therapy in the UK, and the wider history of Occupational Therapy education in Britain from 1930 to 1980.
    • Medical Sciences Video Archive: "The Medical Sciences Video Archive of the Royal College of Physicians and Oxford Brookes University is a notable collection of videotaped biographical interviews with over 130 important figures in clinical medicine and science from the United Kingdom and Australia.
    • Sally Croft Collection: "The Sally Croft Collection is a core collection of Occupational Therapy (OT) texts.
    • The Welfare Collection: "The Library holds various special collections relating to the history of medicine including the books and papers of Charles Webster, Official Historian of the National Health Service.
    • ECHO: Exploring and Collecting History Online – ECHO (Exploring and Collecting History Online) is a directory to 5,000+ websites concerning the history of science, technology, and industry.
    • Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) – The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) is a national data service providing access and support for an extensive range of key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative, spanning many disciplines and themes.
    • Eugenics Archive (USA) – We now invite you to experience the unfiltered story of American eugenics – primarily through materials from the Eugenics Record Office at Cold Spring Harbor, which was the center of American eugenics research from 1910-1940.
    • Folk Medicine, Online Archive of American (USA) – For more than fifty years, folklorists associated with the University of California, Los Angeles have systematically documented beliefs and practices relating to folk medicine and alternative healthcare.
    • Forensic Medicine Archives Project (U of Glasgow) – The Forensic Medicine Archives Project […] provides enhanced access to the forensic medicine resources held at the University of Glasgow Archives.
    • Gordon Museum (KCL) – King's Gordon Museum of Pathology is the largest medical museum in the UK and contains some rare and unique artefacts including Lister's antiseptic spray and the original specimens of kidneys, adrenal glands and lymph nodes which led Richard Bright, Thomas Addison and Thomas Hodgkin to describe the medical conditions that bear their names.
    • H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online – H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Our edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public.
    • History and Policy: Connecting Historians, Policy Makers, and the Media – History & Policy works for better public policy through an understanding of history. […] This site has a range of resources for historians, policymakers and media" including papers and opinion articles
    • History of Phrenology on the WebPhrenology was one of the most popular Victorian sciences. This site provides an authoritative overview and the largest collection of phrenological images, and many primary sources.
    • Hospital Records DatabaseThis database provides information on the existence and location of the records of UK hospitals.
    • Images from the History of Medicine (USA) – The Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) database contains approximately 70,000 images from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) History of Medicine Division's Prints and Photographs Collection.
    • James Lind Library – The James Lind Library has been created to help people understand fair tests of treatments in health care. The principles of fair tests are explained in essays containing many examples.
    • Kings College London: Archives and Special collectionsArchives & Special Collections at King's College London hold a unique, internationally significant and continually expanding range of archival and printed sources.
    • London Museums of Health and MedicineFrom rare plants, heart surgery, illuminated manuscripts, and helicopter emergency services, to pharmacies, false teeth and Freud, the exhibits in these museums help to place the history and development of medicine and health care in its widest context.
    • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine ArchivesThe archives of the School date from the mid-nineteenth century and consist of correspondence and personal papers of scientific, medical and public health professionals involved in the search for preventative measures and cures to diseases including malaria, filariasis, cholera and leprosy.
    • Medical History of British IndiaThis feature on the 'Medical History of British India' provides an entry into the history of disease and its prevention in 19th and 20th-century British India. Here you can browse and search nearly 180 reports which are held at the National Library of Scotland
    • US National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Division (USA) – The National Library of Medicine houses one of the world's largest history of medicine collections. We collect, preserve, and make available to researchers and the public, print and non-print materials that document the history of medicine, health, and disease in all time periods and cultures.
    • Pulse ProjectThe Pulse-Project offers a broad range of freely accessible podcasts on the past and present of Science and Medicine for both general and specialised audiences
    • Robinson's Library Special Collections, Newcastle University – We have over 100 collections of material which range in scope from rare books and archives to woodblocks and illustrations. Our collections span in date from the mid 15th century to the 21st century, however the majority date from the 18th to 20th century.
    • University of Bristol: Special CollectionsThe Special Collections of the University Library comprise a rich and diverse range of printed books and journals, archival resources and artefacts in support of the academic work of the University and the wider scholarly community.
    • vPath Museum: The virtual pathology museum – A searchable database of specimens from the Anatomy and Pathology museums of Barts and the London, School of Medicine & Dentistry
    • Wellcome ImagesWellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.
    • Wellcome LibraryCollections of books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures on the history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.
    • World Health Organization: Historical collectionThe WHO Historical Collection covers: preparatory conferences leading to the foundation of WHO [;] official records of the organization [;] International Sanitary Conventions (since 1851) [;] official records, reports, statistics and journals published by the Office International d'Hygiène Publique (OIHP), the Health Organization of the League of Nations, the UNRRA (and more)





    • Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease

    Durham, Newcastle, and Wellcome Trust



    • Centre for the History of Medicine

    Imperial College London

    • Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine


    • The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine