Medical Journalists' Association

  • Medical Journalists' Association
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The collection consists largely of the minutes of the Executive Committee and AGMs, newsletters and membership directories. There is only a small quantity of administrative correspondence, perhaps as a consequence of the MJA being run by voluntary officers without permanent central premises.



Physical description

3 boxes


The collection is divided into sections as follows:

1 Executive Committee

2 Annual General Meetings

3 Directory of members, affiliates and freelances

4 MJA Newsletter / MJA News

5 Correspondence: Annual awards

6 Correspondence: Pharmaceutical advertising control proposals

7 Correspondence: Foreign travel

8 MJA weekend symposium on the relationship between journalists and doctors

Acquisition note

The Association gave this material to the library at Wellcome Collection in April 1994.

Biographical note

The Association was launched by a group of medical journalists in February 1967 "to improve the quality and practice of medical journalism and to improve relationships and understanding between medical journalists and the medical profession". Members participate in regular briefing meetings and the annual award scheme, and the Medical Journalists' Association will act to defend points of principle, such as the availability of information from government press offices. Membership is open to journalists working in all branches of the media.

Related material

Archived website

This organisation's website has been archived as part of the work of the UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) and can be consulted here:

Terms of use

This collection has been catalogued and is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.

Appraisal note

Some duplicate material and some papers from file 8 which were not worthy of permanent retention have been returned to the Medical Journalists' Association.

Ownership note

Tony Thistlethwaite, Secretary 1985-1993, Social Secretary 1967-1985, left some files of correspondence and meetings' arrangements in his office on leaving his job as press officer at the British Medical Association, but these do not appear to have survived.

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Accession number

  • 463
  • 544