Collection Heathcote MSS - Heathcote Negatives Collection

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Heathcote MSS


Heathcote Negatives Collection


  • 1922-1933 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2500 negatives in 22 albums

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Surgeon and pharmacologist. Born, West Deeping, Lincs 1888. Died, London 1951. Educated at Winchester and New College Oxford; BA, 1911, MA, 1914. Then trained at University College Hospital. He served in the R.A.M.C. and the R.N.V.R. during the 1914-18 war, before returning to Oxford to complete his studies in pharmacology. In 1922 Heathcote was appointed as the first holder of the chair of pharmacology at the University of Cairo, a post he held until 1933. During his time in Egypt he travelled extensively, forming a notable collection of photographs of Egyptian antiquities. On his return to Britain he took up a post at the Welsh National School of Medicine at Cardiff, eventually becoming Professor of Pharmacology, a post he held until his death.

Archival history

In the possession of the creator until his death in 1951.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by his son Dr A. G. S. Heathcote in 1951.

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Scope and content

Negatives of Egyptian antiquities, scenes of daily life, and landscapes.

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System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. Negatives unavailable for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Negatives presumed to be nitrate and therefore unstable.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

Existence and location of copies

Digital scans have been made of the complete holding.

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Not known.

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Publication note

-A selection of 103 images can be seen at and pdfs of all the albums at

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  • Shelf: 1011