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The Weston Collection: Nursing in West Africa

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3043TT-VV

Scope and Contents

A collection of photographs, slides, negatives and watercolours. The captions have been used as titles and may contain offensive, inappropriate or outdated terms. They have been retained to reflect the context of their creation. Y3043TT and Y3043UU have been listed in detail by Erica Ryan with minor amendments by D.H. Simpson. Y3043VV has not been listed in detail.

Miss Weston had spent a number of years in Northern Nigeria and Ghana with Miss Gladys M. Pearce Simmonds ('Simmie') - both were nurses and the photographs reflect their work in Africa.

Mrs Collings, Weston's niece, wrote 'I think that the first posting for my aunt began in the early 1950s. I do not know when Miss Pearce Simmonds first worked abroad but she may have already been working in Africa when my aunt arrived. I believe that they returned to the UK in 1966. Miss Pearce Simmonds died in 1985'.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1966


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

Elsie May Weston, who died at the age of 61 in February 1988, was a nurse in Africa.


928 item(s) (928 images)

2 item(s) (2 watercolours)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Generally in good condition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was given to the RCS Collections in January 1994 by Mrs Janet Collings of Fulham. It had belonged to her aunt, Elsie May Weston.


This description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.

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Repository Details

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