Aldrich-Blake, Louisa Brandreth (1865-1925)

  • Aldrich-Blake, Louisa Brandreth, 1865-1925.
MSS.883-921 & 5792-5797
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


One notebook on practical chemical analysis while at St Hilda’s School Cheltenham, notebooks of lectures and courses while a student at London School of Medicine for Women, notes of cases seen while medical student, some later notebooks on matters of medical and surgical interest, and accounting lectures, diploma from the Comité Britannique de la Croix Rouge Française for service to France during the First World War, resolution from the Medical Women’s Federation congratulating her on being made a Dame of the British Empire.



Physical description

42 notebooks, 1 file, 2 diplomas


Two blocks of manuscripts; within each, material is held in chronological order.

Acquisition note

Presented by Rosamond Wigram to the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum, 1926.

Biographical note

Entered the London Medical School for Women 1887, MB 1892, BS and gold medal for surgery 1893, MD 1894, MS (first woman to attain) 1895. Practised as a surgeon in London, and from 1910-1925 was surgeon to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. She was also surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. 1914-1925 Dean, London Medical School for Women. Served with Women’s Unit under the Anglo-French Red Cross in France during the First World War. Created Dame of the British Empire, 1925.

In 1926 a short biography, written by Lord Riddell, was published in London.

For further information see The Lancet, 1926, i. pp. 101-102.

Finding aids

Item descriptions in S. A. J. Moorat, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts on Medicine and Science in the Wellcome Historical Medical Library (London: Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine, 1973) and Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

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Accession number

  • 94931