If you ask students what's so special about Barts and The London, the themes of identity and history are always near the top of the (extensive) list. We've always been very proud to come from such illustrious hospitals with histories going back centuries so much so that it can be easy to forget that us as students have our own distinct history at BL.
This year, BLSA President Rakin Choudhury has been working to make our own history clearer and making it easier for students to find out more, culminating in the variety of events we held for Barts and The London Day earlier this year. As part of these efforts, we've been colloborating with BLSMD Archivist Richard Meunier, who has been helping us look back to what was the very beginning of BLSA.
In what can only be coined as a curious coincidence both of the predecessors to BLSA, The London Hospital Medical College Clubs Union and the St Bartholomew's Hospital Students' Union can both trace their respective roots to 1893.
The London Hospital Medical College Clubs Union was created by famous alum Sir Frederick Treves, who studies at the Medical College and is know most famously known for his care of Joseph Merrick.
St Bartholomew's Hospital Students' Union on the other hand began life as 'The Amalgamated Clubs of St Bartholomew's Hospital' in 1893 as a way to support clubs in terms of funding and equipment.
As we know, both of these institutions merged in 1995 to form Barts and The London Students' Association, resulting in the rather special 125th birthday we now find ourselves at!
To mark this milestone, we decided to redesign our logo to incorporate this into. Having narrowed the selection down to 4 options, we thought it only right that you get to choose the final logo! The response was overwhelming with the winning logo recieving more votes than the 3 other options put together.
Of course, this is just the start of what will be a very special year of celebrating our past heritage, the special community we have now, and our changing role in the future.