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Frances Norton
We are very sad to report the death of Frances Norton, who was Head of the Wellcome Library from 2004 to 2009. Frances joined the Wellcome Trust from Leeds University Library where she was Head of Public Service Strategy. Frances led the Wellcome Library through a number of significant changes, including temporary relocation during the construction of Wellcome Collection and the re-launch of the Library in 2007, which resulted in a doubling of user numbers. Frances also helped bring the Library more fully into the digital age, and laid the foundations for the Transformation Strategy that has guided the Library over the last five years. Frances was keenly interested in the marketing and promotion of libraries, and was highly regarded by her peers, serving on the board of Research Libraries UK and the steering group of the M25 Academic Library Consortium. She will be warmly remembered and sadly missed by the staff of the Wellcome Library and by all her former colleagues at the Wellcome Trust.

A remembrance service will be held at St. Olave’s Church, London on Sunday at 2pm.

Simon Chaplin

Simon Chaplin is Director of Culture & Society at the Wellcome Library.

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One Response to Frances Norton
  • Ruth Garde


    I am very saddened to hear this news that I only just discovered by chance online. I worked for Frances over a period of 18 months or thereabouts in 2007, when I wrote a series of articles for the library website about the collections. She was a pleasure to work with, generous with her time and always very enthusiastic about what we were trying to do.

    I’m very sorry to have missed the service and to have discovered this news in this way. All my best wishes to her former colleagues and friends and family.