Baking from the Archive

The NHS collections here at the University of Stirling Archives are consistently in our top three most used collections every year. I think it would be fair to say that the vast majority of enquiries we receive concern family history research which is always fascinating to undertake and we often have much to contribute. However, the NHS collections contain so much more than patient records with a wealth of varied material just waiting to be discovered. So this month, as Explore Your Archive launches, we’re inviting colleagues from all across the University, and members of the public too, to explore the theme of fundraising within the NHS collections with us.

To celebrate the theme, a baker’s dozen of colleagues from across Information Services will be recreating recipes from a cook book produced in 1925 to raise money for the new Falkirk Royal Infirmary. As much as Red Monkey chutney and stewed kidneys sounded delicious, we’ve stuck to cakes this time – teas and coffees will also be available so come along and join us for a mid-morning break in S10, Lower Studies Corridor, University Library (follow the colourful archive signs at the Atrium end of the Loch Bridge!) 10:00-12:00 on Thursday 21st November.

Recipes were sent in from all over the world

Choosing which recipes to bake was no mean feat but we’ve ended up with some well-known classics and some 1920s surprises, with a gluten free option available too. You’ll also have the chance to vote for your favourite gingerbread and sponge sandwich recipe from the book as some of our bakers go head to head with a few of the different available variations on these classics.

Whose will you prefer?

On the day we’ll be taking donations for Art Link who work to bring arts, crafts and creativity to patients across NHS Forth Valley. They will be using our donation for projects with mental health patients in the region.

Hope to see you there!

Roll up! Roll up! Fundraising posters from the Falkirk Royal Infirmary collection
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