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In May 2020 London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) was awarded a substantial grant by the Wellcome Trust, through its Research Resources in Medical History scheme, for a project entitled Positive history: preserving the archives of HIV/AIDS: care and testimony.

The aim of the project was to make accessible three recently acquired archive collections held by LMA which together illuminate two important threads of the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and its aftermath: pioneering medical treatment, care and support; and lived experience of not only those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, but their carers, partners, relatives and friends.

They comprise:

  • The Mildmay Hospital archive including 4000 patient case files
  • 103 interviews of people with AIDS, their families, partners and carers, filmed by the National HIV Story Trust
  • The archive of peer-led support charity Positively UK (formerly Positively Women)

Here you can find out more about the project and how to access the material for research.

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