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  • Henry Wellcome: pioneer in aerial photography

    15/03/2017

    It’s a little known fact that Sir Henry Wellcome was something of a pioneer in aerial photography. Wellcome first visited Sudan in 1900, to establish what became the Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories in Khartoum. Once the laboratories were established, he… Continue reading

  • The history of genetics research in Edinburgh

    23/01/2017

    As the archivist on the University of Edinburgh’s Wellcome Trust-funded ‘Towards Dolly’ project, I catalogued a variety of genetics collections but rarely got the chance to delve into them from a research perspective. Over four years on the project I… Continue reading

  • Where is the survivor archive?

    15/12/2016

    Patients, ‘service users’, survivors? How do people living with mental illness see themselves? In the last of our series the Asylum and Beyond, Sarah Chaney looks for their voices in the historical record. In the March 1894 issue of the… Continue reading

  • Dr Oliver Wrong: a salt and water physician

    11/10/2016

    Dr Oliver Wrong, best known as an academic and clinical nephrologist, was a salt and water physician. Meaning that he was mostly interested in what simple substances (such as water, potassium, sodium, and magnesium) could reveal about life – which… Continue reading

  • Social science in action: reports from Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) Archive

    01/09/2016

    The first 130 boxes from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR) archive have now been catalogued and are available for researchers to discover, explore, and interpret at Wellcome Library. These papers – the registered document series (SA/TIH/B/1) – provide… Continue reading

  • Denis Burkitt’s safari diaries

    23/08/2016

    Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993), while posted at the Mulago Hospital and Makerere Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, in the 1950s and 1960s, was the first to describe a childhood cancer which became known as Burkitt’s lymphoma. From the latter 1960s… Continue reading

  • Fish fingers and the coal face: launching the Tavistock Institute archive blog

    17/03/2016

    How do you organise the workplace so that it better reflects the needs of its workers? What do housewives think of fish fingers? How can psychology be used and applied to recruitment processes, to help get away from wearing-the-right-colour-tie biases… Continue reading

  • Full Michael Ashburner archive catalogued

    22/02/2016

    Throughout 2015 the Michael Ashburner archive was catalogued and released in stages. The final batch of records has now been finished and the entire catalogue is available online (Wellcome Library reference: PP/MIA). Previous blog posts have demonstrated why Ashburner is… Continue reading

  • The archival afterlife of an artwork

    15/02/2016

    The ‘Would you mind?’ installation was commissioned from artist and writer Neil Bartlett for Wellcome Collection’s exhibition: the Institute of Sexology. The piece took the form of a questionnaire available to visitors in the final section of the show. Samples… Continue reading

  • A life researching sexually transmitted infections

    12/02/2016

    Hungarian-born Dr George Csonka (1916-2000) was a venereologist and an expert in his field. A man so dedicated to his profession, he even infected himself with non-gonococcal urethritis in order to find the right antibiotic (reference: PP/CSO/A/5). Dr Csonka’s personal papers… Continue reading