Image credit: Lothian Health Service Archive, redacted entry from a volume of case notes from the early 20th century (LHB44/20/1)

Workshop on handling sensitivity issues in scientific and medical collections 17 July 2017

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The Health Archives and Records Group (HARG), in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, are hosting a free, day-long workshop on various sensitivity issues surrounding scientific and medical records.This will be a forum for sharing experiences, discussing problems and moving towards formulating a clearer and more consistent set of guidelines for archivists and records professionals than currently exists.


Through individual case studies, practical ‘drop-in’ sessions and discussion, the workshop aims to cover the following topics: different types of record sensitivities (eg. personal data, commercial and legal); sensitivities around different record types (e.g. personal papers, institutional records, digital records, audiovisual material, datasets and databases); managing closure, restrictions and access and processes for recording, managing and reviewing sensitivity decisions.


Outline programme


9.00-9.30: Arrival and coffee


9.30-10.00: Welcome and introduction.


10.00-13.15: Case studies and panel session


Speakers: The Wellcome Trust; Medical Research Council; Lothian Health Services Archive, University of Edinburgh; London Metropolitan Archives; Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh; Leeds University Library Special Collections; University of Bristol Library Special Collections; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Institute of Commonwealth Studies, King’s College London.


13.15-14.00: Lunch and ‘drop-in’ sessions


14.15-15.15: Practical work


15.00-16.15: Roundtable


Places are free but must be booked in advance. To reserve your place please visit our Eventbrite page: