A new e-resource is launched today from the Wellcome Collection. London’s Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972 is a free online resource which brings together more than 5500 annual reports covering the City of London, 32 present-day London boroughs and their predecessors. These are fully-searchable, and provide detail on the health of Londoners, borough-by-borough, and even street-by-street, written by Medical Officers during over a century of massive social and technological changes and upheaval.
Simon Chaplin, head of Wellcome Library, said: “The Medical Officers of Health reports provide a fascinating portrait of London life and the lives of Londoners. ‘London’s Pulse’ opens up a wealth of information about Londoners’ homes and workplaces, food and drink and of course health and illness, and enables researchers and curious readers to search and cross reference the reports with ease. The resource helps fulfil the Wellcome Library’s ambition to make our collections freely available and accessible to all.”
The project was part-funded by JISC, and gaps in the Wellcome’s extensive collection were filled by the London Metropolitan Archives. Visit the Wellcome Collection Blog for a video introduction to this important new resource.