Digitisation of medical manuscripts


  • Pembroke College Oxford

Project summary

The medical collection at Pembroke College consists of seven bound volumes of manuscripts, dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries, each containing a mixture of texts. It is thought they may have been in the possession of Thomas Clayton (1575-1647), Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. The texts represent the typical medical canon of medieval medicine, including older copies of well-known texts. These are of particular interest when compared to similar copies from around the world. The project is to ensure preservation of these manuscripts by conservation work, including cleaning and minor repairs. As part of the award, the manuscripts have been digitised and are available on a public website.