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    Spotlight: General Gordon’s Tree of Life


    Welcome to Spotlight, a regular series of blog posts that shine a light on some of the treasures in the Wellcome Library. You’ll be able to explore our ever-growing range of digitised materials, hear more about our new acquisitions and… Continue reading

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    The Business of Medicine


    The relationship between doctors and pharmaceutical manufacturers sometimes raises concerns about the undue influence of companies on the medical choices made by doctors. Dr Claire Jones’ research on 19th and early 20th century trade catalogues in the Burroughs, Wellcome &… Continue reading

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    Tarantella: listen to the dance of the spider’s bite


    Following on from the phenomenal success of our YouTube channel, the Library now has a new outlet on SoundCloud, an audio distribution platform that allows users to listen, share, and download audio recordings. Each track is visualised as a waveform;… Continue reading

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    Florence Nightingale letters available online


    The Library has digitised its collection of nearly 600 Nightingale letters dating from 1829 to 1905. The Florence Nightingale Digitisation Project, which is in partnership with Boston University and the Florence Nightingale Museum, means that Nightingale’s entire correspondence will be… Continue reading

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    ‘Small bite, big threat’


    World Health Day 2014 (7 April) is about raising awareness of vector borne diseases – diseases carried by mosquitos, flies, ticks and bugs. In the 1980s the Wellcome Trust Film Unit produced a series of films about the history of… Continue reading

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    A revealing book: cultural exchanges in 16th century India


    The Library holds a rare copy of one of the earliest books printed in India. The Colóquios dos simples is remarkable both as an example of the emergence of printing in India, and for its descriptions of over eighty Indian… Continue reading

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    Wellcome Collection development project update: Reading Room closure


    If you’ve visited the Library this week you might have noticed that the books in the Reading Room are being moved upstairs in preparation for the Reading Room and Gallery closure this weekend. We’re going in to the next phase… Continue reading

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    Women and the Great War


    This year has seen a huge amount of activity relating to the centenary of World War I. As March is Women’s History Month it seems appropriate to think about the sources we hold relating to the massive contribution to the… Continue reading

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    We’re digitising 25,000 19th-century medical books!


    At the end of last year we started a three-year project with Internet Archive to digitise some of our 19th-century medical books. The first fruits of this are now online as part of Internet Archive’s Medical Heritage Library collection, building… Continue reading

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    Join our online user panel

    “When you see it: you’ll Love it”: a fitting sentiment for the mid-1960s tech consumer, but you have to ask: how was it to use? Taking Ricoh’s advertisement as inspiration, we are hoping to take this strapline a bit further with… Continue reading