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20 August 2010

LHSA runs an active volunteer programme, providing invaluable experience for individuals hoping to enter, or progress within, the archive profession. 2010 has been a busy year and as we prepare to say goodbye to our two most recent volunteers, Louise Williams and Rachael Muir, we take this opportunity to highlight their contribution to our cataloguing work.

Louise has worked on a large collection: the papers of Amelia Nyasa Laws, an osteopath and iridologist who worked in Edinburgh and London from the 1920s to 1970s. This collection has required listing, cataloguing and extensive re-housing and will shortly be ready for consultation by readers. Louise joined us in August 2009 and leaves in September to start an MSc in Information Management and Preservation at the University of Glasgow.

Rachael has catalogued and re-housed a variety of smaller accessions including: the Edinburgh Dental Alumni (GD38, available to search online); Royal Edinburgh Hospital Staff Registers and architectural plans in preparation for the Hospital’s bi-centenary celebrations; the papers of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh Volunteers and registers from the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion (SMMP). Rachael has volunteered during her university summer holidays and returns to the University of Glasgow next month to complete the final year of her history degree. She will be visiting LHSA as a reader in the new academic year, using Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh nursing papers to research her dissertation on nursing training in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.


Louise Williams working on the Amelia Nyasa Laws papers

Rachael Muir working on registers of the Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion

 Above: Louise working on the Nyasa Laws papers                        Above: Rachael working on the SMMP registers