Postgraduate Research and Teaching

Using LHSA collections in research

We hold many different types of collections that have come from various hospitals, organisations and individuals.  They have formed the basis of, and the main primary sources for, a large number of postgraduate dissertations, PhD theses, and post-doctoral and fellowship research projects.  The subject areas include history of childbirth, treatment of tuberculosis, parasuicide, architectural conservation, upper limb prosthetic technology, paraffin workers, locational history of asylums, the artwork of Tom Curr, and HIV/AIDS, as well as many others.

Take a look at the collections using the links below to discover if our material is applicable to your research.  The source lists provide information on specific subjects such as HIV/AIDS and list all collections that fall under that heading.

How to search our collections

Source lists


Access to records for academic research

A large amount of the material we hold is confidential, for example patient case notes.  LHSA ensures the security of confidential records and manages access to them in accordance with the relevant legislation.  However, it is possible to arrange access to confidential records for legitimate academic research, subject to certain conditions.

More information about getting access to condfidential records for academic research

Information on access restrictions and legislation in general


Using LHSA collections in teaching

LHSA collections and staff expertise may be useful in teaching postgraduate courses.  Since 2009, the LHSA Paper Conservator has taught part of the CRC-led module 'Working with Collections' (from the MSc in Material Cultures run by Edinburgh University's Centre for the History of the Book) focussing on conservation and preservation in principle and practice.

LHSA staff are also involved in delivering a seminar as part of the MSc in Medicine and Society in Modern Britain offered by the Department of Economic and Social History.

LHSA collection items can be produced in either of the CRC's seminar rooms for classes/seminars/workshops.

The use of LHSA collections in teaching is a services that we are keen to develop.  Please contact us if we can assist in any future classes, or if you'd like to discuss teaching ideas.

CRC seminar room facilities

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Seminar for ECA students Seminar for ECA students The CRC seminar room