Academic gown, hood and mortar board, 1895.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Academic gown, hood and mortar board, 1895.

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Academic dres made by Ede and Son, London. The robes of a Bachelor of Medicine of London University belonging to Louisa Aldrich-Blake (1865-1925). After studying at the London (later the Royal Free Hospital) Medical School for women, she attained her MB in 1892, and in 1895 was awarded a master's degree in surgery. In 1925 she was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her services to surgery and the medical education of women - only the second woman to have been honoured in this way.

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