GD22 Take Care campaign, 1968 - 2000

Collection Summary


Reference Code: GB239 GD22

Title: Take Care Campaign  

Administrative Dates: 1988-2000

Dates of Creation of Material: 1968-2000

Level of Description: Fonds

Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description:  9 shelf metres and 11 plan chest drawers. Paper, latex, plastic, metal, video cassettes, film reels, audio cassettes, floppy disk, CD ROM, photographs.


Name of creator(s): Take Care campaign

Administrative history: The Take Care campaign began in the late 1980s in response to high statistics of HIV and AIDS cases in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The campaign was intended to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS amongst all communities and involved advertising, events, and education. This ground-breaking, and at times controversial, awareness-raising campaign was jointly launched by Lothian Health Board and Lothian Regional Council. This collection thoroughly documents the entire campaign and includes a wealth of publicity material, an impressive reminder of the visual aspect of the response to HIV and AIDS.

Archival History: Held by creatin organisation until transfer.

Acquisition or Transfer: Transferred in 1999 frm NHS Lothian.


Scope and Content: Operational, administrative and project files, 1988-1998; educational resources, 1975–2000; promotional material including leaflets, posters, display boards, t-shirts, badges, balloons and condoms, 1985-1990s; newspapers, 1989–2000; and audio/visual materials, 1991-1996.

Appraisal, Destruction and Scheduling Information: Appraised for duplicates and unrelated material in accordance with gift agreement and LHSA policies.

Accruals: No further additions to the collection are expected.

System of Arrangement: Original order recreated where possible.


Conditions Governing Access: Public access to these records is governed by the UK Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, and the Scottish Government Records Management: NHS Code of Practice (Scotland). Whilst some records may be accessed freely by researchers, the aforementioned legislation and guidelines mean that records with sensitive information concerning named individuals may be closed to the public for a set time. Please contact the LHSA Archivist for more details regarding closure periods and procedures on how to apply for permission to view closed records.

Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition

Language/Scripts of Material: English, French, Spanish, German.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements: Paper, latex, plastic, metal, video cassettes, film reels, audio cassettes, floppy disks, CD ROM, photographs.

Finding Aids: Item-level catalogue

Related Units of Description:

LHB45 Papers of HIV/AIDS Management Team and the Health Board Promotion Department, 1984 - 2010

LHB16 Public Health Department of the City of Edinburgh, 1865 - 1997

GD25 Papers of Dr Helen Zealley, Lothian Health Board Director of Public Health. 1964 - 2005

GD24 Lothian Regional AIDS Team, 1983 - 1997


Archivists' Notes: Compiled by Clair Millar using existing finding aids.
Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: March 2015; April 2016.