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Vaccination Day


"Vaccination Day" is a short animation telling the story of a young girl, Margaret MacDowall, receiving her first vaccination at the College in 1839. Although the narrative itself is fictional, the animation was inspired by the vaccination registers held within the College's archives and the information that they convey.

The story was written by Dr Kristin Hay, a historian of sex, gender, medicine and oral history, and Tutor of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. The animation was produced and edited by Kirsty Earley, the Digital Heritage and Engagement Officer of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.


Kirsty Earley and Kristin Hay


c. 2023

Vaccination Day


Vaccination Day


Kirsty Earley and Kristin Hay, “Vaccination Day,” Heritage, accessed May 29, 2024,