Espionage and forgery in the Wellcome Library

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The papers of the Wellcome Foundation Archive – which cover the development of Henry Wellcome’s pharmaceutical business – are not the place you would expect to find a tale of international espionage befitting the pages of a John Buchan novel.

However, in the course of cataloguing this collection, our colleague Chris Beckett has brought to light the case of the ‘Glasgow Spy’: a true story of hidden identities, ciphers and national security on the eve of the First World War. Chris has written up this story for the latest issue of Wellcome News – read all about it here.

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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