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    Wellcome Trust research bursaries


    We are delighted to announce a new Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries scheme. This scheme is for small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome Library holdings or… Continue reading

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    Poky Pigges and Stynkynge Makerels


    The next seminar in the 2014-15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine academic seminar series, will take place on Tuesday 3 February. Speaker: Prof Carole Rawcliffe (University of East Anglia) “Poky Pigges and Stynkynge Makerels”: food standards and urban health in later medieval… Continue reading

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    Data access versus data protection: getting the balance right


    Today is Data Protection Day, something close to our hearts here in the Library given the huge amount of personal data we hold on the health and sexual lives of living people in our collection of films, audio recordings, artworks,… Continue reading

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    A Cancer Landscape: a powerful new exhibition in Brighton


    Margaret Felton from Sussex Community NHS Trust reflects on the emotional impact of an upcoming exhibition at the Brighton Science Festival. It was not until I heard artist and cancer patient Michele Angelo Petrone (1963-2007) talk about and show the… Continue reading

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    Helen MacMurchy’s Little Blue Books


    Librarian Elizabeth Graham reveals how a new acquisition for the Library collections turned out to have a connection with the former Wellcome Historical Medical Museum. Dr Helen MacMurchy was a distinguished but controversial figure: a pioneering reformer of public health,… Continue reading

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    Pre-modern medicine seminars: Spring 2015 programme


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

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    From bookshelf to screen: creating a digital library


    45,000 pages per day, 10 source libraries, 1 scanning centre. The UK Medical Heritage Library is one of the largest digitisation projects on the Internet Archive’s plate right now, producing an online resource for the study of the history of medicine… Continue reading

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    Collecting genomics: the Richard Durbin papers


    Richard Durbin is a computational geneticist who played a key role in sequencing the C. elegans and human genomes. His papers have been catalogued (GRL/DUR) and are now available to view in the Wellcome Library. After graduating from the University… Continue reading

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    Spotlight: the power of angels – a charm against the plague


    Plague was one of the most feared and dreaded aspects of daily life in 15th century England. Although scholarly medicine attributed the plague to corrupt air, it was also explained in terms of divine punishment. Charms, healing remedies whose power… Continue reading

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    Humans 1, Foxes 0: from our Sports Correspondent


    Huntsmen in their red jackets, steam rising from huge horses on a frosty morning, the clamour of hounds: for many years this scene, immortalised on a thousand sporting prints or table mats, was a fixture in the British countryside and… Continue reading