Hutchison House has a small archival collection and often provides hands-on research and conservation opportunities for local students.
In 2010, students from the Conservation Program at Sir Sandford Fleming College , worked in teams on the following activities:
- creating an inventory;
- highlighting primary conservation concerns and providing recommendations;
- and rehousing parts of the collection for better storage.
Ann Baker, a fourth year Forensics student at Trent University, undertook a project entitled "Dissecting a Doctor's Ledger, Two Centuries Later". During 2009 and 2010, she researched Dr. Hutchison's business ledgers from the 1800s, digitizing, transcribing and reformatting the data so that the doctor's income could be calculated.
Beginning in 2010, Ann-Marie Grace Bownan is expanding this project with the aim of producing a glossary of medical procedures, treatments and other terminology found in Dr. Hutchison's ledgers. She will also be studying the doctors notes from medical school in Scotland and the detailed case studies the doctor compiled of his patients in Peterborough, to determine what medical procedures and treatments he used to treat different illness and diseases.
The Hutchison House reference library is open to the public and holds more than 600 volumes of historical interest. Use of the library is by appointment only. Contact us for more information.