Surgeons at Sea
Royal Navy Medical Officers' journals

Podcasts introducing the files

Experts from The National Archives have been closely involved in the two-year project to catalogue the journals, uncovering a wealth of material in the process. Listen to four of them discuss what they have learnt from the logbooks and how you can get the most out of this rich resource.

 

Overview - ADM 101 cataloging project

Overview - ADM 101 cataloguing project

Bruno Pappalardo: Principal Record Specialist Manager - Military, Maritime and Transport’

Project leader Bruno Pappalardo, a specialist in maritime history, introduces the ADM 101 journals, explains how the cataloguing project began and talks about what we can learn from studying the files.

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Medical history and ADM 101

Medical history and ADM 101

Dan Gilfoyle: Diplomatic and Colonial Records Specialist

What do the surgeons’ journals tell us about medical practises at the time? Dan Gilfoyle discusses some of the common diseases the doctors were faced with and looks at how patients were treated in often difficult circumstances.

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Transportation to Australia and Family History

Transportation to Australia and family history

Roger Kershaw: Head of Military, Maritime, Transport and Family

Roger Kershaw takes a closer look at the transportation of British and Irish convicts to Australia. Around 162,000 people were shipped off to a new life during this period and the ADM 101 journals provide fascinating detail about life on board.

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The Art of ADM 101

The art of ADM 101

Nancy Bell: Head of Collection Care

The project helped uncover a wealth of ‘bonus’ material within the journals, including watercolour illustrations, sketches, maps and charts. Nancy Bell, Head of Collection Care, talks about her favourite pictures from the logbooks and the multi-talented men who created them.

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Back to the files

 

“Drunkenness nowadays in the Navy kills more men than the sword – I am sure of it.”

Surgeon William Warner - 17 April 1813 (ADM/101/125/3)