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Encapsulating over 200 years of advances in surgery, the archives contain a diverse range of institutional and personal records. The collections include correspondence, lecture notes, photographs, minutes and much more.

Unfortunately some of these papers have either not been cared for in the past, suffered damage or were produced using poor quality materials. Donations help us to conserve and preserve these valuable and unique papers for everyone to see.

Items in need of your support


ARC10 Contract for the construction of a new museum at Lincoln's Inn Fields

Item ref: ARC10
contract for materials and works contract for materials and works

This contract between the College and Messrs Charles Thomas Lucas and Thomas Lucas gives detailed specifications and schedule of prices for materials and works for erection of a new museum and other buildings including new lecture theatres and the assistant conservator’s house.

Treatment required:

The parchment is heavily creased from being rolled and flattened. Many of the pages are extremely dirty. Each page will need to be surface cleaned as well as flattened, as far as is possible. The document can then be safely rolled around an archival tube, covered and put into an archival box.

Estimated conservation cost: £460

ARC14 Lecture notes by George Ray

Item ref: ARC14
george ray lecture notes george ray lecture notes

The volume contains 'Lectures on Surgery, Delivered at the theatre of St Thomas's Hospital by AP Cooper, Esq in the years 1815-1816.' The notes are taken by George Ray, whose name is inscribed on the fly leaf, 'George Ray, Guy's Hospital, 1815.' An index of lecture titles called 'Surgical lectures' has been bound into the volume. Ray entered Guy’s in May 1815 and 12 months later gained his certificate.

Treatment required: 

The volume is fragile, the boards are almost detached and the spine covering is falling off. The boards need to be reTreatment required: The volume is fragile, the boards are almost detached and the spine covering is falling off. The boards need to be re-covered in leather, and the corners and first sections of the pages can then be repaired.

Estimated conservation cost: £240

Lecture notes by Thomas Appleby

Item ref: ARC19
lecture notes thomas appleby thomas appleby lecture notes

Volume of manuscript lecture notes taken at the lectures of Sir Astley Cooper by Thomas Appleby, surgeon of Castleton, whose name is inscribed on the inside front cover of the volume. The title page reads 'Mr Astley Cooper's Surgical Lectures Continued 1814-1815, Vol II.' The notes begin with 'Kidney diseased from Stricture'. The volume contains not only Cooper's lectures, but also notes of Henry Cline's Lectures on Operations. There are further notes on 'Cooper's Introduction to Surgery'.

Treatment required:

The volume is fragile, its spine is broken, with its boards hanging on by threads. The boards need to be re-covered in leather, and the corners and first sections of the pages will be repaired.

Estimated conservation cost: £240

Volume of lecture notes, no date

Item ref: ARC20
Volume of lecture notes Volume of lecture notes

This volume contains lecture notes, which continues from a previous volume. The lecturer is always referred to as “Mr C.” Mr C is not identified in the text, but the lecture subject matter is similar to those given by Sir Astley Cooper (1768 - 1841), for example, wounds of the veins and nerves, wounds of the brain and gunshot wounds, burns and scalds, and simple and compound fractures.

Treatment required:

The volume is fragile, with a paper spine and the boards are detached. The boards need to be re-attached, with a new spine made with matching paper, as well as a new label being applied.

Estimated conservation cost: £175