The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has recently received funding from the Wellcome Trust for a 21 month project to catalogue its archival collections. As part of the project an archive blog has been set up to provide news and updates on the progress of the project, as well as providing insights into the collections, highlighting interesting finds, and giving an idea as to what an archivist does.
Newly appointed archivist Harriet Wheelock is behind this initiative to publicize and create an awareness of the hugely important records relating to medicine and education in Ireland at the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland. Research into the history of medicine in Ireland is currently receiving massive interest from various areas and readers of all backgrounds. The theme of Culture Night 2010 is Science, Medicine and Education so the timing is certainly right for this archive of the RCPI.
This new blog is a welcome addition to the online presence of archives and is testament to what resources can be utilized to promote archives when opportunities can be limited in the current economic climate.
The blog can be accessed at http://www.rcpilibrary.blogspot.com/
The RCPI Library and Archives web page can be viewed at: