About Lothian Health Services Archive

Lothian Health Services Archive holds the historically important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material. We collect, preserve and catalogue these records and promote them to increase understanding of the history of health and for the benefit of all.

LHSA was awarded Accredited Archive Status in 2014.

LHSA is core funded by NHS Lothian and project funded by a variety of institutions, including the Wellcome Trust.  LHSA is part of Heritage Collections, University of Edinburgh.

The collections

A variety of NHS clinical and non-clinical records date from 1770 and 1594 respectively.  Gifted or deposited non-NHS institutional and personal papers have increased the range and depth of holdings, which now occupy c. 3,000 shelf metres.  There is also a photographic collection (c. 40,000 items) as well as older printed books, memorabilia, medical instruments, artworks, silverware and other historically significant objects.

The significance of LHSA's Edinburgh and Lothian HIV/AIDS Collections has been recognised by inscription to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register.  Please see the source list for more information.

NHS Lothian

University of Edinburgh


Health, History, Heritage