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This summer marked the 35th anniversary of William Schupbach, Curator, Paintings, Prints and Drawings, starting work with what was then the Wellcome Institute. Since then, William and colleagues have undertaken a mammoth cataloguing task, to allow access to the illustrative works in our holdings. William has also spoken widely,
published extensively on medical portraiture, and was integral to the launch and success this year of the John Thomson exhibition in China.

Today also marks the 30th anniversary of Dr Lesley Hall starting work with the Wellcome. Since 1979, Lesley has been at the forefront of the Library’s work in acquiring and cataloguing the papers of twentieth century scientific societies and scientists of distinction. She is also one of the world’s leading historians of sexuality, with books including Sex, Gender and Social Change in Britain (2000) and Outspoken Women (2005), and is a regular contributor to history programmes on both BBC radio and television.

Libraries are about people as much as they are about collections, and at the Wellcome Library, both our readers and fellow members of staff, have been extremely lucky to draw on William and Lesley’s knowledge and expertise.

Ross Macfarlane

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

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