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Medical Research Council Medical Cyclotron Unit

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0120 SA/MCU
Held at: Wellcome Library
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Full title: Medical Research Council Medical Cyclotron Unit
Date(s): 1934-1961
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 72 boxes, 1 outsize box, 4 outsize items, 5 negative boxes, and 1 box of films in metal cannisters.
Name of creator(s): Medical Research Council Medical Cyclotron Unit
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Medical Research Council Medical Cyclotron Unit (MRCMCU) was based at Hammersmith Hospital. It carried out research and treatment using a radium beam and linear accelerator.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Medical Research Council Medical Cyclotron Unit (MRCMCU), 1934-1961, comprising records relating to the Radium Beam Therapy Research Committee, 1933-1945; and records, including case registers, of treatment carried out using the radium beam and linear accelerator, 1934-1960.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Certain restrictions apply. All of section A is available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, by prior appointment with the Archivist after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking. The majority of section B is closed, as it comprises case registers containing personal medical information.

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:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited by the MRCMCU in 1987.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Much of the work of the MRCMCU was carried out in conjunction with the Strangeways Research Laboratory(SA/SRL). The papers of F G Spear, its Deputy Director are also available (PP/FGS). The papers of Constance A P Wood, Director of the MRC Radiotherapeutic Research Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, 1941-1962 (GC/95) and the diaries and correspondence of John Gallop, Senior Engineer on the project during its development (GC/160) include useful accounts of the evolution of the Cyclotron Unit.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
June 2008

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