UoGDC: Hello and Wellcome!

This post comes to you from the University of Glasgow Digitisation Centre (UoGDC), based within the University Library. We are delighted to mark the launch of our new project, which is in partnership with the Wellcome Trust. In 2013, custodians of mental health institutional archives were invited to be part of a project, to digitise thousands of ground breaking records. This digitised material will be made available to researchers via Wellcome’s Digital Library (WDL). NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archive and Dumfries and Galloway Council Archives were successful in their bid to digitise the collections of Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Crichton Royal Institution, with the Centre undertaking the digitisation work.

Over the next two years, the project will digitise a wide variety of material from each collection including photographs, patient publications including ‘The New Moon’ and ‘The Gartnavel Gazette’, patient case histories, artworks and staff records. Over 350, 000 digital images will be captured and made available for researchers to explore. The Centre has already worked with the Wellcome Digital Library on Glasgow Modern Genetics  and we’re looking forward to embarking on this project with them.

We will keep you updated with our progress over the next two years but, for now, meet the project team:

Sam Dyer (Digitiser) graduated in 2009 from Glasgow Metropolitan College with a PDA in Professional Photography. He was shortlisted in 2008 for the Herald Student Press Awards and produced a documentary on Michael Russell MSP, Scottish Environment Secretary. He was a professional studio portrait photographer before coming to work at the University Photographic Unit in January 2012, when he joined the Glasgow Modern Genetics Wellcome Digital Library Project team.

Jamie Dunn (Digitiser) graduated in 2011 with a Higher National Diploma in Professional Photography. He has worked in the Photographic Unit since 2012 on a diverse range of projects, including Glasgow Modern Genetics Wellcome Digital Library Project.

India Fullarton (Digitiser) qualified with a Professional Development Award in Photography in 2010 from The Glasgow Metropolitan College. She has worked as a Digitiser for The University of Glasgow’s Photographic Unit since December 2011. India has project managed a number of complex and lengthy digitisation projects including Scottish Opera News and the Livingstone Online Enrichment Project (in conjunction with The David Livingstone Centre and The University of Nebraska). She was also responsible for the quality assessment of some 60,000 images for the Wellcome project Glasgow Modern Genetics.

Stephen McCann (Manager of The University of Glasgow’s Photographic and Print Units) has worked for the University for 21 years and has been the photographic unit manager for 9 years and the University’s Print Unit manager for 3 years.   He qualified as a professional photographer in 1990 with an Advanced Higher National Diploma in Photography from the College of Building and Printing in Glasgow. When appointed as manager of the photographic unit he successfully converted the photographic unit from a film based department with full professional colour lab services to being fully digital. Stephen has managed many diverse photographic and digitisation projects and hopes to embed the Photographic Unit’s Digitisation Centre as being Scotland’s premier digitisation provider.

Jade Starmore (Digitiser) is a Scottish based photographer, textile designer and stylist. She has a Higher National Diploma in Photography from City of Glasgow College, BA (Hons) in Communication Design (First Class) and MDes in Fashion & Textiles, both from Glasgow School of Art.

Laura Stevens (Project Officer) graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MSc Information Management and Preservation in 2010. Her digitisation experience has been built upon her time as Archivist at Glasgow Women’s Library (2011-2014), and as Assistant Archivist at the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archive (2013-2014).

Information about our project partners:

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archives hold 1500 shelf metres of records.  History is the main function of the Archive.  Many celebrated developments have taken place in Glasgow – antiseptic surgery, obstetric ultrasound, X-rays, innovations in nurse training, ergonomics and intensive care units.  The existence of the Archive underlines the expectation that Glasgow will continue to be an innovative centre of medical excellence.

The Archives and Local Studies Service of Dumfries and Galloway Council, holds the records of the region’s former counties and burghs as well as more than 1,000 collections gifted and deposited by individuals and organisations. It is the main resource for the study of the region’s history. Since 2009 it has also been responsible for the archives of NHS Dumfries and Galloway which includes the Crichton Royal Institution collection.

You can find out more about the other archives taking part in this project by clicking here.

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