Expanding the content on the Historical Texts platform to ensure greater access to digital texts for those studying, teaching and researching in the medical humanities.
About the project
This is a three-year project funded by Jisc and Wellcome Library for the large-scale digitisation of more than 15 million pages of 19th century published works.
Wellcome Library is contributing its entire 19th century collection to the UK Medical Heritage Library. This, along with content of the nine partner institutions, will make a valuable resource for the exploration of medical humanities.
The aim has been to create a comprehensive online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences, which significantly increases the availability of digitised text for teaching learning and research.
The UK Medical Heritage Library is drawn from university and other research libraries across the UK. The content covers a wide subject area that includes items about medical sciences, consumer health, sport and fitness, diet and nutrition and historical medical practices such as phrenology and hydrotherapy.
The digitisation of this collection significantly extends the digital collections of the Medical Heritage Library, a consortium of American medical libraries.
The collection is completely open and can now be accessed for free via our Historical Texts resource.
The project has also developed a set of visualisation tools to support the deeper exploration of the content.
During 2016/17 the project will conduct a number of live ‘idea labs’ to investigate potential tools and data mining techniques.
Working in collaboration
Wellcome Library has managed the digitisation process and workflow for the material drawn from the nine libraries: Royal College of Physicians of London, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England, University College London, University of Leeds, University of Glasgow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King's College London and the University of Bristol.
By collaborating on the creation, dissemination and aggregation of digital content, and by deploying common standards, infrastructure and best practice, the partners will provide digitised historical medical content in a more streamlined way.
The project is co-designed with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), and informed by an academic advisory group, which is chaired by Stella Butler, university librarian and keeper of the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds.