Leith Day Nursery, 1950s, LHSA Photographic Collection


Central Leith Health Campaign, 1955, LHSA Photographic Collection


Central Leith Health Campaign, 1955, LHSA Photographic Collection



Welcome to LHSA

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.

The majority of our collections are made up of paper-based administrative, managerial and clinical records, however, we also collect private papers, photographs and objects relating to the history of healthcare.

More information about LHSA

Collaboration with Schools

From October 2010, LHSA are working alongside 'Learning and Teaching Scotland' to make LHSA material available to schools and teachers in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.  LHSA will become a member of the GLOW network, a national intranet service for schools where teachers and pupils from all over Scotland can access resources to enhance learning.  Watch this space for further updates!

LHSA will be adding resources on the following areas of the curriculum:

Scotland’s History: The Making of Industrial & Urban Scotland 

  • Health
  • The Fight against Disease

Scotland’s History: 20th & 21st Centuries 

  • Women’s Rights and Suffragettes
  • Elsie Inglis
  • The Great War
  • Alexander Fleming

Learning and Teaching Scotland


We also work with the University of Edinburgh's Widening Participation scheme, and the Kickstart summer school, giving local secondry school students a taste of university life through activities and workshops.

Could you use LHSA records to teach your history classes/projects?

We hold a variety of different types of collections which have come from different hospitals, organisations and individuals.  You can search our collection catalogues via this website, and we also have a number of online exhibitions available to showcase our collections.

How to search our collections

Online exhibitions and resources

If you are planning a project or series of classes relating to the history of health and medicine in some way, then we may be able to help. Liaison with schools (primary and secondary) is an area in which LHSA is keen to develop.  We would like to explore opportunities for LHSA staff to visit schools and show pupils reproductions of original documents, or it may be possible to arrange small group visits to the Archive itself. 

Please contact us if you think we may be able to help you and/or your school; if you think there is anything we could add to this section of the website; or if you have any questions about any of our services.

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