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The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs Seacole

24/10/2016 | From the Collections

Mary Seacole is hailed for her role in caring for sick and wounded British servicemen during the Crimean War. On hearing of the plight of soldiers in the Crimea, she made her way independently to help “nurse her sons suffering… Continue reading


Coleridge and the doctors

21/10/2016 | From the Collections

For National Poetry Day we highlighted one of the poems in our collection: a rollicking travelogue that is sadly anonymous.  Much of the poetry in the Wellcome Library is anonymous – in many cases, it is amateur material bad enough… Continue reading


Making and marketing condoms

20/10/2016 | The Researcher’s View

The 1960s was a good time to own Britain’s biggest condom factory, but the London Rubber Company (LRC) was not without its problems. Despite record sales and increased condom use, there was a distinctly oestrogenic blot on the horizon. The… Continue reading

1609 image of amazed people.

Disfiguring disease in medical and popular perceptions

19/10/2016 | Early Medicine, Events and Visits

The next seminar in the 2016–17 History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series takes place on Tuesday 25th October. Speaker: Professor Luke Demaitre (University of Virginia) Disfiguring disease in medical and popular perceptions: ‘aspectus’ and ‘spectaculum’ Abstract: Pre-modern records attest to various disfigurements caused… Continue reading

B0007100 Forensics
Credit: Alex Williamson. Wellcome Images
Illustration showing the white outline of a body, as per one at a crime scene. Also in the illustration is a fingerprint, the words "blue" and "blonde" which could refer to eye and hair colour, an eye and some numbers.
Digital artwork/Computer graphic
Published:  - 

Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0, see

Murder and the making of English CSI

17/10/2016 | The Researcher’s View

Several years ago my colleague Neil Pemberton asked me when police started using tape to mark out and protect crime scenes. Though I had written extensively on the history of forensics I had no ready answer. As we talked it… Continue reading

Printed plague amulet

Deciphering a central European plague amulet

14/10/2016 | Early Medicine, From the Collections

From the ancient world to the present, people have turned to powerful words, symbols and images as magical shields against bad luck, evil spirits, debilitating illness and sudden death. In medieval and early modern Europe, textual amulets on parchment and… Continue reading