History & Archives Committee


  1. To manage The Society's historical collections (papers, images and apparatus) in collaboration with appropriate professional repositories.
  2. To contribute to The Society's Archive by:
    • ensuring proper conservation and maintenance of The Society's collections
    • ensuring the regular accrual of The Society's papers 
    • encouraging individual physiologists to donate relevant personal and professional records to an appropriate repository
    • publicising the need for the collection and maintenance of artefacts associated with the history of physiology
    • supervising a programme of oral history interviews with individuals who have contributed to physiology and to The Society
  3. To promote The Society's archival collections to appropriate audiences.
  4. To use The Society's collections to assist in raising the profile of physiology in the UK (e.g. by preparing written and visual historical material in hard copy or electronically; and celebrating famous physiologists by promoting the placement of Blue Plaques).
  5. To propose biennially to Council the Paton Lecturer in consultation with the Editorial Board of Experimental Physiology.
  6. To administer the Paton Prize Bursary Fund for historical studies.

The Society's Honorary Archivist is Professor Tilli Tansey OBE (Queen Mary, University of London). The Society's Archive (described on a separate web page) is housed at the Wellcome Library and can be accessed using this link: http://bit.ly/17DVyv4.

More information about Committee activities can be found here. General enquiries for the attention of the Committee can be addressed to history@physoc.org.