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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


Lecture notes by Thomas Appleby

Item ref: ARC19
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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 

ARC24 - Court of Assistants, Letter Book

Item ref: ARC24