All Our Stories: A Voice for Everyone in the History of Health


Tuesday 25 October, 12:00 noon on Zoom.

Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) is NHS Lothian’s archive inside the University of Edinburgh, and the largest medical archive in the UK. In this short talk, Project Archivist Louise Neilson and Archivist Louise Williams will introduce LHSA collections that challenge the established, ‘top-down’ way in which health history is often reflected in archives (particularly institutional ones). Focusing on records from Lothian’s history of fighting the HIV epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s and a Wellcome-funded project to catalogue the archive of the first gay switchboard in the UK (Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard), this short introduction will highlight how LHSA’s approach to describing collections and representing the communities who generated them is evolving.

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Part of SCA’s All Our Stories: Inclusive Practice in the Archives webinar series.

Archives and records enrich our lives, connect us to the past and give us a sense of identity. People enjoy the stories they reveal, and archives matter because they tell the story of all of us. Yet how some of our stories are recorded, if they are even recorded, can discourage communities from engaging and exploring heritage. SCA are committed to ensuring that archives are open to all, and support archive services in their work to remove barriers to participation, reach new audiences and to engage users.

SCA are delighted to launch our latest series of webinars, focussing on inclusive practice in the archives. The series will primarily focus on collection development and cataloguing, with participants gaining insight into presenting materials with respect, sensitivity, and innovatively, to not only enrich understanding of collections, but to also engage with users form across our communities. The webinars will be a mix of practical guidance and case studies, and we are delighted to be joined by speakers working across the archive collections and the wider heritage sector.