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Natalie Walters

Natalie Walters is Archives Project Manager at the Wellcome Library. She specialises in the management and curation of born-digital records, and has a worrying knowledge of the history of poisoning.

  • Dastardly Doctor Crippen


    The doctor sat at his desk and signed the letter. Not long back after a romantic holiday in France, he was feeling content. Barely three miles away, the dismembered remains of his wife lay decomposing under their floor… Hawley Harvey… Continue reading

  • Wellcome’s tropical legacy


    Some of the most innovative medical research happens in Africa. This was something Henry Wellcome knew, and it is something that the Wellcome Trust continues to be aware of. Today, major overseas programmes supported by the Trust include the KEMRI-Wellcome… Continue reading

  • The Discovery of AIDS in Zambia


    “God created AIDS to punish sinners” and similar negative phrases often spring to mind when thinking of the Church and AIDS. However, this is a view taken by a minority of Christians. Many more have been involved in the fight… Continue reading

  • Defenders of destitute doctors


    “Each Wednesday evening Mrs Hunter welcomed the brightest talents of the Georgian cultural world through the graceful doorway of number 28 and up the marble staircase to the first floor salon overlooking the square, where they recited, danced and gossiped… Continue reading

  • The Great War on Disfiguring Injuries


    In the second of our blog series commemorating World War I, archivist Natalie Walters gives a very personal response to two photograph albums of injured soldiers. The albums are part of the digitised Royal Army Medical Corps archive. Reactions to archival… Continue reading

  • Mushroom cloud from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 9 August 1945

    Radiation Science in the Atomic Age


    If the recommendations of some scientists in the early 1950s had been followed, we would now be eating food treated with waste from nuclear power stations. In 1953 the Low Temperature Research Station (forerunner to the Institute of Food Research)… Continue reading

  • Inside the Machinery of War


    Archive cataloguing sometimes unearths some previously unknown gems amongst our collections. This is certainly the case with the papers of father and son Dominique and Félix Larrey (MS.8889), formerly in the autograph letters collection. Dominique Jean Larrey, 1st Baron Larrey… Continue reading

  • The Education of Helen Keller


    Helen Keller is arguably the most famous disabled person in history. Her extraordinary achievements despite losing both sight and hearing at the age of just 19 months have been the subject of numerous films and books. However, not everyone was… Continue reading

  • MS.7363, Pepys, Samuel (1633-1703), civil servant and diarist. Photo taken by Natalie Walters.

    Autograph letters collection: a hidden treasure?


    Practically all archives held by the Wellcome Library can be viewed, or at least identified, online, with one exception: the autograph letters collection. Chris Hilton’s recent blog post on Simón Bolívar is one of many which have been based around… Continue reading

  • Prolapsed intervertebral disc

    James Cyriax, Father of Orthopaedic Medicine


    James Henry Cyriax was a controversial figure often seen as an outsider in terms of the British medical establishment. His personal papers were acquired by the Archives and Manuscripts department of the Wellcome Library in 2009, and have recently been… Continue reading