India Office Medical Archives: a workshop based around the India Office records relating to health and disease

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkResearch


The India Office Records section of the British Library has recently received funding from the Wellcome Trust to digitise materials in its collections relating to health and disease in British India, 1780 to 1910. This builds upon an earlier project to catalogue the same resources. Subjects covered include: hospitals, asylums and sanitoriums; diseases (smallpox, cholera, plague, fever, malaria, leprosy); drugs and cures; medical education; public health; military health; mortality statistics; medical topography; diet and nutrition. The digitised resources will be coming online early next year. To promote them in a digital-humanities context, India Office Records and Digital Scholarship are organising a short workshop.

The aims of the workshop are simple: to bring together researchers, custodians, and digital-humanities specialists to explore how this kind of resource might be exploited. We hope that our discussions will spark ideas for future collaborative projects, in which the India Office medical archives might (or might not) play a part. Our purpose is to give participants a sense of what can be done with digitised resources in the history of medicine.
Period26 Jan 2018
Held atThe British Library, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational