Godfrey and Hector Thomson TAGS: | | | | | | | | | (Coll-1310/1/2/2 Family Photographs) With father’s day coming up this weekend, I thought it would be interesting to blog about the father/son relationship between Godfrey and Hector Thomson. When Hector was …Continue reading →

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The simple art of reference writing TAGS: | | | | | | As I am now coming to the end of my time in Edinburgh cataloguing the papers of Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson, references aren’t terribly far from my mind! But I …Continue reading →

‘Towards a better understanding of human relations’ TAGS: | | | This week’s letter from Thomson’s collection comes courtesy of psychologist and psychoanalyst, John Carl Flügel (1884–1955): The letter was one of many sent from eminent psychologists, mathematicians, scientists, and former students …Continue reading →

A few of my favourite things V: a gift from ‘the Polish Teachers in Uniform’ TAGS: | | | | | My favourite item from all the collections I have worked with in the past 10 months is a beautiful album in the Moray House collection.  The album was made for …Continue reading →

‘The old conditions cannot continue, and some new form of political and economic existence must be found’ TAGS: | | | | | All of history seems to be contained in the letters of ordinary people living in extraordinary times.  We may know what backdrop will emerge, but there are seldom enough traces …Continue reading →

The love story of Hector and Andromache… TAGS: | | | | | | Valentines Day.  A wonderful time of year when  we can indulge in levels of cynicism and sarcasm simply unacceptable at any other!  However, here in the archives our hardened hearts …Continue reading →

Gathering Intelligence: A free seminar regarding Thomson’s life and work TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Our Wellcome Trust funded project*, ‘Documenting the Understanding of Human Intelligence: cataloguing and preserving the papers of Professor Sir Godfrey Thomson’, is on course to deliver on all its objectives …Continue reading →

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The disgruntlements of old age… TAGS: | | | | | | | | | Disgruntlement.  The archives are full of it – though I should stress I am referring to the contents of our records rather than our lovely readers (or indeed my lovely  …Continue reading →

A letter from Pip TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | Some of the most interesting letters in Thomson’s collection were sent to his widow following his death in 1955.  The following, from psychiatrist and secretary of the Eugenics society Carlos …Continue reading →

A few of my favourite [festive!] things TAGS: | | | | | | At the start of the festive period, I had the best of intentions to post a festive blog post for every day of advent.  Alas, there isn’t much mention of …Continue reading →

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