Rare Books and Archives (click here to be taken back to our collections webpage)
Our book collection covers a wide range of medical subjects including anatomy, anaesthetics, pathology, pharmacy, psychology, sexual health and surgery, both nationally and within the local area.
The collection contains some of Britain’s most important medical works, dating from the seventeenth century to the present day, some of which are original or early editions. It also contains rare books relevant to the local spa towns of Malvern, Droitwich and Tenbury Wells, which highlight the popular, mid-nineteenth century belief in the therapeutic powers of the spa waters.
Our most treasured historic books include:
- T. Johnson’s 1678 English translation of Ambroise Paré's medical works
- John Wesley’s Primitive Physic of 1760
- Astley Cooper’s Treatise on Dislocations and Illustrations of Diseases of the Breast of 1824
- Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Hospitals of 1859
Images © Charles Hastings Education Centre
If you are interested in undertaking a research project which may require access to our book collection, please feel free to browse the .pdf document below for a full list of the works held in our store (organised by shelf location).
If there is something you would like to view, visit our Research page to find out how...
We hold a number of important locally relevant medical archives and unpublished material from a number of local hospitals including Worcester’s Infirmary, Worcester’s Eye Hospital, Malvern Hospital and Powick Lunatic Asylum.
We also hold some of the early records of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association (PMSA) which was founded in 1832. The PMSA went on to become the British Medical Association (BMA) in 1856. Sir Charles Hastings was the founder of the BMA, and the education centre in which the George Marshall Medical Museum is located is named after him. Follow this link below to find out more about the BMA: www.bma.org.uk/.
In more detail, our current archival holdings include:
- Worcester Medical Society
- Minute books 1866-1877, 1878-1913, 1893-1902, 1902-1911, 1911-1928, 1928 - 1953
- What were local medical men reading? Find out through out library entry books 1867 – 1913. In 1872, one physician requested that the library order Darwin’s Origin of Species
- Bye Laws, 1867
- Accounts, 1902-1912
- Subscription & fund cash book 1867 – 1910
- Annual reports, 1869 – 1879
- Leaflets issues “how to prevent consumption” late C19th
- BMA, Worsc and Herefordshire Branch
- Minutes 1880 – c. 1902
- General correspondence and receipts 1880 – 1910
- District Medical relief book 1928-1930
- Ward registers for Worcester Royal Infirmary 1969
- Worcester Eye Infirmary
- Donation book to build funding – 1864 – 1867
- Building committee accounts 1867 - 1890
- Cash books 1845 – 1890, 1891 – 1904
- Lloyd’s bank pass books 1889 – 1896, 1900 – 1912, 1909 - 1947
- Minute books 1970s
- Rules and regulations 1884 – 1945
- Inventory 1896
- Annual reports 1923-1948
- Worcester Royal Infirmary
- Student lecture notes
- Pupils books
- House surgeons’ Casenotes, 1870
- Pharmacopeia 1892, 1899, 1916
- Stallard, William, Report of executive committee, 1894
- Inventory of surgical instruments, 1896
- Chaplain’s attendance book, 1908- 1940
- Bates, Tom
- Surgical Notes of Professor McLeod’s Lectures, 1864 – 1867
- Lecture notes – 1865
- Lecture notes – 1864 - 1866
- Case notes – 1865
- Malvern Hospital
- Casebook 1911-192
Visit our Research page to find out more about using our collections to help your research project.