Medical Museums launch new digital collection
Over 17,000 items have been digitised in the new online catalogue, including artefacts from the School’s Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy & Pathology.
The Medical History Museum, Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum and Harry Brookes Allen Anatomy and Pathology Museum collections encompass over 17,086 items including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing practices, the history of teaching, learning and research, art, photographs, equipment, objects, artefacts, archives, and biological specimens.
Rohan Long, Curator at the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy & Pathology, says that museum collections are being digitised globally. The most important reason for digitising a collection is preservation for future generations - but the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need to provide online access and digital content and storage.
“The need for digitisation and online access to collections has been increasingly important and the last two years has highlighted how essential it is," said Rohan.
As part of the launch of the new digital collection of the Medical Museums in the Faculty of MDHS, an online treasure hunt is underway with entry open to current students of the University. There are weekly giveaways including Apple Airpods and University of Melbourne merch up for grabs.