Monday, 21 March 2011

Photo Competition 2011

It is the time of year again when budding photographers have the opportunity to show off their photographic skills to the rest of the School. Staff and students are encouraged to submit photos which represent the theme of the competition: Life and Work at the School - this can be interpreted fairly widely to reflect work activities - both in London and overseas, studying at the School, social activities and living in London.

The winning entry, chosen by a judging panel, will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Chariot and on the website, and the photographer will receive a £25 gift voucher. All entries will be available for staff and students to view in PhotoLibrary.

Submission guidelines are available at:

The closing date for entries is 31st May 2011.

To see previous year’s entries (such as the winning entry as shown above), go to PhotoLibrary (please note that you will need the login and password which are available on the intranet at:, these are different from your School login and password) and search under the competition entries category.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Library Student Survey

For all students at LSHTM, this is your chance to tell us what you think of our services and what other things we can provide for you. We would welcome you completing the survey and providing us with your valuable comments. The survey is available at

Monday, 7 March 2011

International Women's Day

To help celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, the Library & Archives Service has created an exhibition on Women in Tropical Medicine and Public Health.

Highlights of the exhibition include a letter published in 1913 by Sir Ronald Ross, discoverer of the mosquito transmission of malaria, on the subject of women’s suffrage; letters from Mary Kingsley (left), a traveller and writer who explored western Africa throughout the 1890s; material on Dame Cicely Delphine Williams, who studied and worked at the School, as well as other organisations, on her work on maternal and child health, especially nutrition and breast feeding; material from the Nutrition collection such as food tables and menus produced by Mabel Clark and information on the first three women who studied at the School in January 1900.

The exhibition will be on display in the Manson foyer in the South Courtyard on 8th March, to complement the events run by MARCH – Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health, and then it will be on display in the Library foyer for the rest of March.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Collection of the month

This month we are focussing on the Macfie collection. John William Scott Macfie (1879-1948) worked as a Medical Office in West Africa between 1910 and 1922. He embarked on 8 tours of West Africa, visiting Nigeria and the Gold Coast [Ghana]. While there he studied malaria, yellow fever and other diseases and illnesses carried by parasites in West Africa. On applying to the Colonial Office to become a Medical Officer, he was told that he had to study tropical medicine at either the London or Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; he chose the Liverpool School and the archives holds the notes from his lectures, including those given by Sir Ronald Ross. The collection also contains material from his 8 tours including diaries, photographs (such as the one shown of a laboratory motor van in Accra, Gold Coast in 1922), travel details, correspondence with the Colonial Office and invoices for provisions – it is very interesting to see what he ordered to eat while he was in Africa. The collection was donated to the archives in the 1980s by his nephew. For further information, please see the archive catalogue at: