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Simon Chaplin

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

  • Can big data and the digital humanities change the way we study the history of medicine?


    On 11-13 April 2016 the Wellcome Library will join forces with the National Library of Medicine and Virginia Tech to deliver a free workshop for researchers in the history of medicine and digital humanities. Images and Texts in Medical History:… Continue reading

  • Is Medical History Dead?


    Is medical history dead? So suggests Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, in a recent comment piece (unless you’re a Wellcome Library member you’ll need to register to read it or pay $31.50 to rent the page for a day).… Continue reading

  • (Re)Discovering the Great War


    To launch a new series of blog posts commemorating World War I, Simon Chaplin and Jeffrey Reznick from the Wellcome Library and the National Library of Medicine respectively, introduce an array of fascinating digital material from the period, which you… Continue reading

  • We’re digitising 25,000 19th-century medical books!


    At the end of last year we started a three-year project with Internet Archive to digitise some of our 19th-century medical books. The first fruits of this are now online as part of Internet Archive’s Medical Heritage Library collection, building… Continue reading

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    Expose your research to the incurably curious


    This week we’re launching a new scheme to help Wellcome Library users make their research freely available to everyone. The Wellcome Library is a free resource and is open to anyone who wants to use our collections. We know that… Continue reading

  • Frances Norton

    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… Continue reading

  • Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics


    Back in 2010 we began a long term project to digitise our collections. Our aim was (and is) to put 30 million pages online by 2020. Today we’re taking a major step towards that goal. Codebreakers: the makers of modern… Continue reading

  • The Wellcome Library website is changing…


    On Wednesday, 21st November, visitors to the Wellcome Library website will notice that we’ve made some changes. We’ve given the whole site an overhaul, with new branding, a streamlined new design and a lot of new functionality. The Library blog… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library joins Strategic Content Alliance


    The Wellcome Library is pleased to announce that we’re the latest partners to join the Strategic Content Alliance. Why join? Well, as our digitisation programme gathers pace, one of the key issues we face is making sure that our plans… Continue reading

  • Hot stuff


    The thirteenth British ‘National Curry Week’ is now upon us, a timely reminder of our long-standing love affair with exotic food. Last year we reflected on the many early recipes for curry to be found in the Wellcome Library’s books… Continue reading