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Resources for Museums, Libraries and Archives with Medical Collections

Language and Terminology  

The Inclusive Terminology Glossary provides guidance on discriminatory and harmful language relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability. You are welcome to use and contribute to this collaborative project, which is designed to help heritage professionals create accurate and inclusive metadata, exhibition text, advisory notices, and other resources.


MGS Subject Specialist Network Travel Bursary

Displaying Medical Collections

Alberti, Samuel & Hallam, Elizabeth. (2013). Medical Museums: Past, Present, Future.   


Human Tissue Collections 

Human Tissue Authority (2023) Public Display Codes of Practice and Standards

DCMS Guidance for the care of human remains in museums  



Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Historic Pharmacy Collections: Care and Safety Issues.  

Pharmacy Collections - Care and Safety Issues.pdf (

Museum of London, Hazards in Collections E-Tool, 

Hazards in Collections e-Tool

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