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The Wellcome Library has recently aided a project, organised by members of staff at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL.

Titled ‘History of Medicine in Motion‘, the project aimed to “showcase and explore digital media presentations of the History of Medicine. In piloting new formats for delivering scholarly content and offering training in their development, the aim is to provide a platform for discussing the opportunities, problems and challenges that these media may hold for the dissemination of scholarly research”.

‘History of Medicine in Motion’ utilised the knowledge of Prof Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University, a skilled advocate in both using such resources in his teaching and in his encouragement of his students to do the same.

The project’s concluding workshop, reviewed clips on the History of Medicine, submitted through an online competition.

The standard of the clips was extremely high, and given the content freely available from the Wellcome Library, it wasn’t surprising that our resources featured heavily. Indeed, first prize went to Harriet Palfreyman’s ‘Picturing the Pox: A (Very) Brief History‘, which consisted entirely of images from our collections.

The workshop was a clear success, and all the clips that were submitted are worthy of attention. (Though two clips in particular, catch the eye of this blog).

Ross Macfarlane

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

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