South Trafford Postgraduate Medical Centre Archive

  • Reference
      GB 133 TMC
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      0.5 li.m.
  • Location
      Collection available at University Archive and Records Centre, main University Library.

Scope and Content

This small archive comprises the core records of the Postgraduate Centre. It includes a couple set of minutes of the Postgraduate Centre committee (1962-1988), as well as attendance registers for lectures and meetings, programmes and the secretary's main correspondence files. The archive provides a useful insight into the development of postgraduate education in the NHS from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The South Trafford Postgraduate Medical Centre was established in late 1962 to provide postgraduate education (i.e. continuing education and some forms of specialised training) for doctors in the South Trafford area of Great Manchester (Sale, Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale) as well as parts of north Cheshire. It was set up at a time when the NHS was trying to encourage provision of postgraduate education. Initially the North and Mid Cheshire Hospital Management Committee was responsible for what was known as the Postgraduate Centre. The Centre provided lectures and courses for junior doctors working at local hospitals as well as general practitioners in the area; it also ran a library

The HMC set up a sub-committee to supervise the Centre. In 1969 the HMC was replaced by the Wythenshawe and North Cheshire Hospital Management Committee, and a further NHS reorganisation in 1974 saw responsibility pass to Trafford Health Authority. Thereafter it was known as the South Trafford Postgraduate Medical Centre. The Centre was based at St Anne's Hospital, Bowdon (which at the time was an ENT hospital). It had a small staff and was run by Charles Pengelly, a haematologist at Altrincham General Hospital, who served as secretary to the committee and postgraduate tutor. He was assisted by Richard Chapman Jennings, a consultant pathologist at Altrincham General Hospital.

From 1963 the Centre ran courses of Sunday morning lectures for general practitioners each autumn. There were also twice-monthly clinical meetings, held in Altrincham and Weaverham hospitals, as well as evening discussion meetings. There was also an annual two-hour clinical meeting held in association with the BMA and Northwich Medical Society. By the mid-1980s, the Centre's future was in doubt as there were no junior staff in training at Altrincham, and it was felt other postgraduate centres at Park (Trafford General) and Wythenshawe Hospitals were sufficient. The Centre was therefore closed in June 1988.


  • TMC/1 - Minutes of Management Committee
  • TMC/2 - Programmes
  • TMC/3 - Attendance Registers
  • TMC/4 - Correspondence files

Access Information

The collection is open to any accredited reader.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 2018. Under the Act 2018 (DPA), The University of Manchester Library (UML) holds the right to process personal data for archiving and research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, UML has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 2018, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

The archive was probably transferred to the Library by Dr Pengelly after its closure in 1988.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.

Appraisal Information

Appraisal undertaken.


None expected.


C.D.R. Pengelly, R.C. Jennings. 'Postgraduate medical education in north and mid-Cheshire', Manchester University Medical Students Gazette, 46, No.2 1967.