During Explore Archives Week (21-25 November 2016) we are celebrating our rich history of pioneering medical education.

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This year, St George's, University of London appointed its first archivist. Elisabeth Thurlow is organising and developing the St George's archives to make them accessible for research.

During Explore Archives Week we have turned up a wide range of historical artefacts, each with a story to tell and each a part of our 283 year history.

Explore Archives Week is part of Explore Your Archive, a campaign coordinated jointly by The National Archives (UK) and the Archives and Records Association.

You can follow the fascinating finds we've turned up so far on Twitter - @StGeorgesUni and our Library account, @sgullibrary, have been tweeting throughout with interesting facts and items from our historical collections. You can also check out the hashtags #stgeorgesarchives and #explorearchives.

Treasures from our archive revealed so far include:

- A surgery tool set given as a prize to Edward Walker in 1857 for the best dissection

- Registration cards recording the details of the first four female students at St George's

- Perhaps our most famous alumnus: Edward Jenner's entry on the register

- A nineteenth century songbook produced by staff and students, Nine Medical Songs

- Many photographs, including one of eminent surgeon Arthur Marmaduke Sheild, whose career was cut short after an accident in the operating theatre

- Post mortem records - some bearing the signature of Henry Gray, author of Gray's Anatomy, while others show the extent of the Broad Street Pump cholera outbreak

- First World War records of students and staff killed in action.

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