• L0024506 Menu for Queen Victoria's dinner at Balmoral Castle, 1897.

    Spotlight: Her Majesty’s dinner


    This royal menu card from Balmoral Castle takes us back to the reign of Queen Victoria. Then as now, the monarch spent her summers in Aberdeenshire. Some of the Queen’s most intimate body-servants also hailed from Scotland; not only the… Continue reading

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    Cells on Film: making movies in biology


    I am a scientist in the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics. I am also a cinematographer. Making movies of cells and tissues under a microscope is a regular occurrence in our laboratory. To be clear, there is no… Continue reading

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    The Genius of Ismond Rosen


    Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, authority on human sexuality, media pundit, acclaimed artist and prolific writer: whichever way you look at it Ismond Rosen (1924-1996) was possessed of an exceptional intellect. His archive, which comprises 119 boxes of documentary material, photographic images, art… Continue reading

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    History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, 2014-15


    The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series returns this autumn. The 2014-15 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will commence with four seminars in the… Continue reading

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    Wellcome Library content in the Digital Public Library of America


    The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has added some 60,000 items from the Medical Heritage Library, which includes digitised content from the Wellcome Library. The DPLA was launched in 2013 with the goal of containing “the full breadth of… Continue reading

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    Wellcome Images in the classroom


    Rosalyn Taylor tells us about a Wellcome Trust Education Department project to promote the use of our digital images in schools. Teachers tell us that Wellcome Images is full of beautiful, informative and useful images for their classes. Impressed by… Continue reading

  • B0004944 Three AIDS ribbonsCredit: Stevie Taylor. Wellcome Imagesimages@wellcome.ac.ukhttp://wellcomeimages.orgThree AIDS ribbons.Artist's title: Even the ribbons are different.Drawing1997 Published:  - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0, see http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/page/Prices.html

    The Discovery of AIDS in Zambia


    “God created AIDS to punish sinners” and similar negative phrases often spring to mind when thinking of the Church and AIDS. However, this is a view taken by a minority of Christians. Many more have been involved in the fight… Continue reading

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    “We fought and bled at Loos”


    In the popular view of the Western Front in World War I, 1915 can be something of a forgotten year. By the end of 1914 and the famous Christmas truces, the trench network stretched from the Jura to the Channel,… Continue reading

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    Who’s reading our blog?


    We’re planning some exciting new developments to the Wellcome Library blog and we’d like to take your views into account. Whether you are a regular reader, an occasional visitor, or you’ve just discovered us, we’d like to hear from you.… Continue reading

  • L0040124 Experiments in physiology. Expression: ferocious cruelty

    Spotlight: an artistic expression of science


    Some items in our collections are intriguing because they sit on disciplinary boundaries or ‘blend’ traditionally polarised subjects such as art and science. This photograph represents a combination of the embryonic field of neurology, Shakespeare’s play Macbeth and the practice… Continue reading