Archive of the University of Nottingham, Medical School
The archive is of considerable value in tracing the planning and development of a purpose-built medical school and teaching hospital; the first medical school to be built in the U.K. in the twentieth century.
The majority of the records relate to the planning and early years of the Medical School, from the announcement of its creation on 27th July 1964, the first intake of students in 1970, through the first decade of its existence. There is little material from the 1990s onwards. A series of Early Planning Papers contains material relating to the planning and organisation of the Medical School, prior to its opening. Included in this series are the papers of the committee set up to advise on the new Medical School, the papers of the architect's firm Building Design Partnership which include plans of the QMC, material relating to the public inquiry into the site chosen for the QMC and the papers of the Planning Office.
The archive contains the records of the chief officers of the Medical School, namely the Dean and the Deputy Registrar. The majority of material dates from the time of the foundation Dean, Professor Greenfield, and the first Deputy Registrar, RJ Graham. There are also series of records from the Registrar and the Vice-Chancellor of the University. Although these were officers of the University rather than the Medical School their papers have been placed in the Medical School archive as they were stored with the Medical School collection and relate directly to the Medical School.
There is a comprehensive series of records for the governance of the school including a complete set of the minutes of the Local Joint Committee, responsible for overseeing the planning of the school and hospital. There is also a full set of minutes of the Steering Committee which was closely related to the Local Joint Committee and had responsibility for troubleshooting any serious problems that occured during the planning. The collection contains the minutes of the Board of the Faculty of Medicine and its predecessor the Board of Medical Studies from the later's creation in May 1967 through to 2004. Later minutes of this committee are retained by the School. The collection does not contain the records of the committee which was initially responsible for the governance of the university hospital, the University Hospital Management Committee, but does include a few ephemeral items relating to this body.
The collection includes a good series of printed and published material charting the development of the Medical School contained in two series, 'Historical' and 'Published and Printed Material'. The Historical series contains material from key events in the history of the Medical School, including the official opening by the Queen on 8 July 1977 and the University of Nottingham's centenary appeal in 1981. Of particular importance in the Published and Printed series is a collection of 400 photographs from the early days of the School, showing the construction of the buildings and group shots of staff and students. Other material includes files of clippings of newspaper articles about the Medical School and Hospital, a set of prospectuses from the first intake of students in 1970 through to the mid-1980s, and offprints of articles written by staff of the Medical School.
There is little material relating to students or teaching within this archive. Information concerning student admissions, class attendance or exams can be found amongst the minutes of various committees, particularly the Medical Sciences Curriculum and Examinations Committee, the Clinical Curriculum and Examinations Committee and the Faculty Board. A small amount of course material can be found in the Teaching and Learning series. Access to material which contains information about the admission, attendance or progress of individual students is restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act.
This collection contains the records of the University of Nottingham Medical School. It does not contain the records of the University Hospital attached to the Medical School. However as the medical school and hospital were planned and built as one entity, the Queen's Medical Centre, there is naturally a small amount of material that relates both to the hospital and the medical school. The most notable example are the plans of the QMC which show both the Medical School and Teaching Hospital.
Further details about the contents of each of the individual series can be found in their individual catalogue entries.