GD34 Helen Millar Lowe, medical campaigner

Collection Summary


Reference Code: GB239 GD34
Title: Helen Millar Lowe

Dates of Creation of Material: 1899-1993
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium of the Unit of Description: 0.8 shelf metres: files, bound volumes, papers


Name of creator(s): Helen Millar Lowe
Administrative History: Helen Millar Lowe (10.12.1897 – 06.11.1997) became one of the first three female chartered accountants in Scotland. During her career she instigated many projects in the service of elderly people, especially through the Edinburgh & Leith Old People’s Welfare Council for which she was awarded an MBE in 1964. She had a lifelong interest in the medical profession, mounting a successful campaign in 1957 to ensure that the Bruntsfield Hospital for Women and the Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital employed only qualified female medical staff. She was treasurer of both hospitals when they were handed to the NHS in 1947 and also maintained roles in other medical organisations such as the South Eastern Association of the Medical Women’s Federation of which she was appointed Honorary Auditor in 1978. A second campaign to save the hospitals from closure in the 1980s was unsuccessful.
Archival History: Records held by creator prior to transfer
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer: Dr Jan Scott


Scope and Content: Hospital Campaign Papers 1948-1993, Bruntsfield Hospital Statutory Document 1899, Bruntsfield Hospital Annual Reports 1908-1956, Journals and Publications 1957-1958, Parliamentary Acts, Committee Reports and Hansard 1947-1957, Women in Medicine Exhibition 1975-1993
Accruals: No further accessions are expected
System of Arrangement: Chronological within record class


Conditions Governing Access: Access is subject to the terms of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
Conditions Governing Reproduction: Reproduction is subject to closure periods and physical condition
Language/Scripts of Material: English

Related Units of Description:

Bruntsfield Hospital and Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital (LHB8/8A)

Special Collections GB 237 Coll-1247 Material relating to Helen Millar Lowe

Archivists' Notes:
Compiled by Laura Brouard

Rules or Conventions: Description based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description International Council on Archives (2nd edition), 2000
Date(s) of Description: September 2007