Thackray Uncovered

Earlier this month I wrote about an exciting new project I am working on with the Thackray Medical Museum. Thackray Uncovered is a fascinating glimpse into the history of medicine through the objects housed in the museum archive. Yesterday I started to explore the collection to select the object that will form the basis of my work.

Alan, the librarian had given me an induction to Cardbox, the cataloguing system used by the museum so this was my first point of research. The system is a great way to locate specific objects, books and trade catalogues that you would like to view.

After my initial introduction the collection I wanted to look at X-Ray related objects. It was great to browse the entries on the system, noting their location so I could view them later.

Ilford Dental X-Ray Film
Ilford Dental X-Ray Film

There are different types of X-Ray film from leading photographic suppliers like Ilford, Kodak and Fujifilm in the archive.

The collection also has a variety of X-Ray machines from different time periods including some fantastic examples from the 1950s.

Detail of Siemens Helioskop 2 Chest X-Ray Machine
Detail of Siemens Helioskop 2 Chest X-Ray Machine

My favourite find was a pair of X-Ray positives from 1927 which detail the first X-Ray tubes used by Dr G W Watson and Dr W H Rowden.

Positive of the first X-Ray tube used by Dr L A Rowden, Leeds, 1927
Positive of the first X-Ray tube used by Dr L A Rowden, Leeds, 1927

There are also some beautiful positives of a stomach after ingesting a Barium meal, I love the details of the spine and the black lines of the Barium.

Positive Print of a Stomach 15 Minutes After a Barium Meal
Positive Print of a Stomach 15 Minutes After a Barium Meal

I will be in visiting the museum again on Wednesday to look at some more objects and make my selection. In the studio I will be starting to sample using the images I have taken, I can’t wait to see how they start to come together.

 

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