Online Exhibitions/Resources


Digital Resource Lists

We have compiled lists of digital resources that reflect themes in LHSA collections relating to health and the history of health in the UK


Reports of the City of Edinburgh Public Health Department

These reports, compiled by the city's Medical Officer of Health, are statistical and descriptive snapshots into the annual health of Edinburgh. Not all of the reports held by LHSA have been digitised, but a number of them can be accessed online by clicking on the 'Lothian Health Services Archive' collection from the Open Books title page. Please note that the documents may feature derogatory terminologies and attitudes reflecting the time of their creation. Such descriptions are no longer acceptable and will be upsetting to some researchers.


Bio-engineering in Edinburgh

Explore our new, interactive resource on the history of bio-engineering in Edinburgh, including wartime beginnings, developments at Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, and learn about and listen to David Gow, inventor of the world's first 'bionic arm'.


Tom Baker visits the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Sick Children

Find out more about when a different sort of Doctor came to visit...


Collections podcast

As part of a series of podcasts delving into unique items held at the Centre for Research Collections, LHSA Archivist Louise spoke to Edinburgh College of Art student Chloe Medghalchi on a particularly intriguing item from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh's Resident's Mess.

Tales from the Archive

Stories discovered by LHSA staff when delving through the Archive.

Spotlight On...

Highlights from the LHSA collections.

History of the NHS

Various resources relating to the NHS in Scotland and the UK.

Lothian Hospital Histories

Brief histories of Edinburgh and Lothian hospitals, past and present.

Film: 'Edinburgh, the Healthy City'

Silent film produced in 1937 by the Edinburgh City Public Health Department.

The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Various resources relating to the history of Edinburgh's largest hospital.

The Royal Edinburgh Hospital

Posters produced about the Royal Charter granted by King George III in 1807 which established the Hospital.

The Lothian 'Take Care' Campaign

Online exhibition displaying a selection of postcards from the 1990s promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.

The Leith Roll of Honour

View the five volumes of the roll, listing the 2206 officers and men who were killed in the Great War of 1914-1918, as well as the 350 who earned special honours.

Online Page-Turners

Visit the LHSA profile on to view digital versions of our records, including a letter from Florence Nightingale and magazines produced by the City Hospital and the Craigleith Military Hospital