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Save a Life Campaign

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 GC/164
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Save a Life Campaign
Date(s): 1985-1988
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of creator(s): Save a Life Campaign
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The campaign was launched in Sep 1986. It was co-ordinated centrally from the Royal Society of Medicine, with each county in England having at least one area co-ordinator. Scotland, Wales and Ireland also had co-ordinators. In conjunction with countrywide classes the BBC ran a series of 10 minute programmes, with sequences using the life-saving techniques. The programmes were repeated a further four times. The campaign closed end of Mar 1988 due to lack of finance, although some areas continued training people who were interested, and the Royal Society of Medicine continued to produce booklets for sale. For a more detailed history of the campaign see H.1.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence, press cuttings and records of establishment and administration of first aid courses in this campaign sponsored by the Royal Society of Medicine, 1985-1988.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Very little re-arrangement of the papers has taken place, other than putting them into a usable order, either alphabetical or chronological. There seemed to be no system to the correspondence files (see D), as some were given an alphabetical sequence but most were not. The files have all been weeded of ephemeral and other material not worthy of historical preservation.

Conditions governing access:

Open. The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Readers are restricted to 100 photocopies in twelve months. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.

Finding aids:

Wellcome Library catalogue online.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The Archivist at the Royal Society of Medicine gave these papers to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre in July 1994. They chart the development and progress of the Save-a-Life Campaign, a scheme sponsored by the Royal Society of Medicine, and other bodies including the government. The aim was to train members of the public in the techniques of first-aid in an emergency situation.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Barbara Ball from the Wellcome Library online catalogue.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
January 2009

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