Fife & Tayside

The regions of Fife and Tayside are rich in medical history. Scotland’s significant world position in medical research is clear from the achievements of this area alone. Below is a list places you can go to see medical collections in museums and archives in Fife & Tayside.

Some Fife and Tayside discoveries and pioneers

First public mental health institution in Britain - Opened in Montrose in 1781
Sir James Mackenzie (1853-1925) - father of modern cardiology, born in Scone
George Pirie (1863-1929) - an early Scottish pioneer in the medical application of x-rays, based at Dundee Royal Infirmary
Margaret Fairlie (1891-1963) - the first female University professor in Scotland and a pioneer in radium treatment

Crail Museum & Heritage Centre

A small local history museum providing an insight into the past life of this Ancient Royal Burgh. Its collections include material on the history of local medical practitioners and their work, including the introduction of the NHS. There is also material relating to the District Nurse and the local pharmacy.

Contact
62/64 Marketgate
Crail KY10 3TL
Email: office@crailmuseum.org.uk
Tel: 01333 450 869

St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum

This delightful local history museum features a reconstructed chemist’s shop with bottles, bed pans, pills and ointments – many of them made on the premises by the local pharmacists. There is also material on display from a local dentists dating back to the 1830s, including work bench, jewellers flame, anvil and hammer, tools and dentures.

Contact
12 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9PW
Email: curator@standrewspreservationtrust.org
Tel: 01334 477629

University of St Andrews Museum Collections

Anatomy and Pathology Collection
The Anatomy and Pathology Collection contains over 5,000 items, mainly gross wet and dry specimens, but also surgical instruments, wax and plastinated models, and teaching charts, some of the latter being produced by local artists.

Particular highlights include the collection of 91 incredibly detailed wax and plaster models of specific parts of the body, produced by companies such as Tramond of Paris in the late 19th century. The Collection also contains material such as the nine original watercolour drawings of a progressive dissection of the trunk and inguinal regions, produced by David Waterston, Professor of Anatomy 1914-1942, and artist J.T. Murray, and published as plates in the standard anatomical textbook, Anatomy in the Living Model, London, 1931. The Collection, including the historical models, is used for teaching in the University’s School of Medicine. It illustrates the development of teaching and research in the field of anatomy at the University of St Andrews, and is of professional interest to anatomists generally.

Access to the collection
Admission is free but due to the nature of the collections, access is subject to legal restrictions, and is by appointment only to legitimate enquirers.

Contact details
Curator of the Anatomy and Pathology Collection
Medical and Biological Sciences Building
University of St Andrews
North Haugh
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9TF
Tel: 01334 463551
Web: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/museum

University of St Andrews Library Special Collections

The Department of Special Collections is home to the Library’s collections of rare and early printed books, manuscripts, photographs and the University’s institutional archive (muniments). These form a superb resource for research and teaching in a wide variety of disciplines across the arts and sciences. The rare book collections include anatomical atlases and medical texts from the 15th century onwards, as well as the personal libraries of two medical practitioners: Sir John Wedderburn (1599-1679), physician to Charles I, and James Simson (1740-1770), second Chandos Professor of Medicine at the University. The manuscript collection includes medical lecture notes, H G Callan’s research on lampbrush chromosomes, reports of medical health officers in Fife, an army surgeon’s journals from 19th century India, hospital administrative records, accounts for medical treatments and recipes for home remedies.

Testimonials written in support of those applying to the University for the award of an MD degree form the most significant medical resource within the University’s archives. Covering 1718-1894, these were usually provided to the Senatus by practising doctors in support of named individuals and can be anything from formulaic testimonials of worthiness to full personal histories. Doctors in receipt of the St Andrews MD by testimonial included Jean-Paul Marat (1775), Edward Jenner (1792), and Nelson’s surgeon at Trafalgar, William Beatty (1817). Both testimonials and minutes of the Senatus are heavily used for family history and biographical research.

Access to collections
As reader space is very limited, access to the Reading Room is strictly by appointment only. Please contact us in advance to make an appointment.

Contact details
Department of Special Collections
Library Annexe
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9WH
Tel: 01334 462339
Email: speccoll@st-andrews.ac.uk
Web: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/library/specialcollections

Perth & Kinross Council Archive

The council archives contain various medical documents including records of Perth District Asylum, Hillend Fever Hospital and Strathmore Hospital, and reports of local medical health officers.

Contact
A K Bell Library
T: 01738 477012
E: archives@pkc.gov.uk
W: www.pkc.gov.uk/archives

Tayside Medical History Museum

Founded in 1989, the Tayside Medical History Museum is jointly managed by the University of Dundee Museum Services and NHS Tayside. Its collections represent the history of medicine and medical teaching in Dundee and Tayside over the past 200 years, and are displayed in both permanent displays and temporary exhibitions in the Medical School, Ninewells Hospital, as well as satellite displays in other hospitals around the region. The collections include surgical instruments, nursing medals and certificates, hospital equipment, plant medicines, early x-ray tubes and portraits of local medical personalities.

Contact details
Tayside Medical History Museum
c/o University of Dundee Museum Services
Hawkhill House
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
Tel: 01382 384310
Email: museum@dundee.ac.uk
Web: www.dundee.ac.uk/museum/medical.htm

University of Dundee Archive Services

The University of Dundee Archives hold a wide variety of collections that contain a wealth of material for all types of researcher: academic staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students, private researchers, including family historians, and school pupils.

The diversity of medical related research themes to be found within the collections is immense and includes history of insanity, tropical medicine, medical missions, surgery, pathology, infectious diseases and the experiences of women in the medical and nursing professions. These include documents and photographs from the Tayside Health Board in the Tayside area (asylums, hospitals, Boards of Management, Colleges of Nursing, for example); Dundee Dental Hospital; Manuscript Collections; and the University Records Collection which contains the records of various medical professors and lecturers.

The collection houses various pathological materials, including drawings, engravings and photographs. The majority of the pathological drawings are by Neil Stewart and feature comments by Sir William Tennant Gairdner, the eminent pathologist and physician.

Contact details
Archive, Records Management
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
Tel: 01382 384095
Email: archives@dundee.ac.uk

University of Dundee Museum Services

The University has a wide variety of museum collections acquired during the 130 years of the institution's existence, all of which are cared for by Museum Services, which stages regular exhibitions in the Tower Foyer and Lamb Galleries. These include scientific instruments, natural history, fine art and design. Collections of medical interest include models and instruments from the departments of Anatomy and Physiology, instruments and comparative anatomy specimens from the Dental School, instruments and equipment from Biological Sciences, and the D'Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, named in honour of its founder Professor D'Arcy Thompson, who was one of the principal founders of Dundee's Medical School. Museum Services is also jointly responsible for running the Tayside Medical History Museum.

Contact details
University of Dundee Museum Services
Hawkhill House
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
Tel: 01382 384310
Email: museum@dundee.ac.uk
Web: www.dundee.ac.uk/museum

Angus Archives

Angus Council Archives contain various medical documents relating to the county, including reports by local medical officers, parish medical certificates and related family papers.

Contact
Angus Archives
T: 01307 468644
E: angus.archives@angus.gov.uk
W: www.angus.gov.uk/history