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Stirland Public Health Collection

Date range: 1842–1994.

This composite collection comprises material gathered together for an unpublished history of public health in Manchester and of the University of Manchester Public Health Laboratory. 

The Laboratory was founded at Owens College in 1895 by Professor Sheridan Delépine and it pioneered the application of bacteriology to public health issues.

The collection was formed originally by Hugh Bethune Maitland (1895–1972), an eminent microbiologist, professor of bacteriology and director of the Public Health Laboratory from 1927. It later passed to Robert Mandell Stirland (1930–2002), a lecturer in bacteriology and consultant bacteriologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

There is a wealth of data about the Manchester Public Health Laboratory under the directorship of Delépine. This information gives an insight into the development of bacteriological services in a large city, and the relationships between universities, hospitals, local authorities and central government in providing public health services.

There are papers relating to the Venereal Diseases Regulations of 1916 and surveys of laboratories in the 1940s, as well as family papers of Professor Delépine.

See also

the Archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health, North Western Branch

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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Using the reading room in the Main Library

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