Collection of material relating to the centenary of the birth of Joseph Lister, 1827-1912, surgeon

Scope and Content

A collection of materials from 1927 relating to the centenary of the birth of the surgeon Joseph Lister, including: 

  • Off prints of articles
  • Newspaper cuttings
  • Published photographs of Lister and the Lister Ward at Glasgow Royal Infirmary
  • Tickets and invitations to Lister memorial events held in London and Glasgow

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1927 a series of events were held to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, 1827-1912. When the Regius Professorship of Surgery at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, fell vacant in 1859 Lister was selected from 7 candidates. In August 1861, he was appointed surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and put in charge of its new surgical building. Due to the high level of death from sepsis (known as 'hospital disease') in his amputation patients, Lister began to experiment using carbolic acid during surgical procedures. This lessened the death rate from amputation dramatically and marked the development of aseptic surgery.

Events held to mark the centenary included receptions by the British Medical Association and the Royal Society of Medicine and Royal College of Surgeons of England, and a service of commemoration held at Glasgow Cathedral.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

Access is open, however an appointment may be required. Please email Archives and Special Collections for advice:

Acquisition Information

Gift : Alfred Maylard : 1933 : ACCN 2521

Gift : Alfred Maylard : 1937 : ACCN 2522

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by Alfred Maylard, Peebles


None expected

Geographical Names