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  • Not by half! UK-MHL project 8 million page milestone


    Pathology, surgery, therapeutics, anatomy, public health – these are some of the top subjects that are covered by the UK Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) digitisation project. In July the UK-MHL project reached the halfway point, with over 26,000 titles digitised,… Continue reading

  • Changes to the Library login


    The Wellcome Library, as part of the Wellcome Trust, is changing how you log in to our website. We are asking everyone who wants to log in online to have a username, email address, and password for their account. This… Continue reading

  • A hundred years of caring for the insane


    Edward Francis Tuke (ca. 1776-1846) founded the Manor House Asylum as a private lunatic establishment in Chiswick, London in 1837 with his wife, Mary. Though private asylums had been around since the 17th century, few dealt with patients with as… Continue reading

  • Champion of humane childcare


    Robina Addis’s pioneering work in child guidance and mental health puts her at the forefront of psychiatric social work in Britain in the interwar years and beyond. The Robina Addis papers are now available online as part of the Library’s… Continue reading

  • From the stacks to the screen


    What happens when you turn the library catalogue inside out, exposing decades of catalogue descriptions, system metadata and images from our collections? What if a catalogue record, or an item in the collection, knew it was being talked about elsewhere on… Continue reading

  • When life gives you lemons…


    We have put over 20,000 of our digitised books online and, thanks to full-text searching in the Library catalogue, our digitisation programme is starting to bear fruit for researchers. To prove the point I sought inspiration from our collections on… Continue reading

  • Moving the Wellcome Library to the cloud


    Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library, explains why the Library is embarking on an exciting new project to prototype a cloud-based digital library platform. If successful, the platform will be made available to other cultural heritage… Continue reading

  • Digitisation at the Royal College of Surgeons England


    Over the next year the Library at the Royal College of Surgeons of England will be preparing almost 2,500 volumes to send to the Wellcome Library for digitisation as part of the UK Medical Heritage Library project. Carried out by… Continue reading

  • A blog for all seasons


    Today we are unveiling a new and – we hope you’ll agree – improved Wellcome Library blog. I’d like to tell you about why we’ve made some changes, and highlight some of the new features. An online survey conducted in… Continue reading

  • Digitisation at the Royal College of Physicians, London


    The library of Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is delighted to be one of the ten UK partner organisations taking part in the UK-Medical Heritage Library (UK-MHL) project. Over next year, working with the Wellcome Library and the Internet Archive, the RCP… Continue reading