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  • Collecting genomics: the Richard Durbin papers

    07/01/2015

    Richard Durbin is a computational geneticist who played a key role in sequencing the C. elegans and human genomes. His papers have been catalogued (GRL/DUR) and are now available to view in the Wellcome Library. After graduating from the University… Continue reading

  • Humans 1, Foxes 0: from our Sports Correspondent

    26/12/2014

    Huntsmen in their red jackets, steam rising from huge horses on a frosty morning, the clamour of hounds: for many years this scene, immortalised on a thousand sporting prints or table mats, was a fixture in the British countryside and… Continue reading

  • Lionel Penrose: a man of many talents

    10/12/2014

    Katy Makin reveals some insights into the personality of the multi-talented geneticist Lionel Penrose from his personal papers, which have been digitised as part of the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics online resource. Lionel Sharples Penrose (1898-1974) is best known… Continue reading

  • Studying transgender and transvestism: a new archive

    04/12/2014

    Wellcome Collection’s exhibition about the study of sex, The Institute of Sexology, highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos. Much of the display takes its inspiration from archives… Continue reading

  • Wellcome’s tropical legacy

    30/11/2014

    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

  • International League Against Epilepsy

    24/10/2014

    The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is a voluntary international organisation for physicians working in the field of epilepsy. It is committed to ensuring that health professionals, patients and their care providers, governments, and the public world-wide have access to… Continue reading

  • Mud, snipers and rats: rescuing the injured from the trenches

    17/10/2014

    “The spade will be as indispensable to a soldier as his rifle” predicted Ivan Bloch in 1899. This proved to be an accurate prediction for the static and trench bound nature of World War I. With machine gun fire faster… Continue reading

  • A woman of some importance

    14/10/2014

    On Ada Lovelace Day, medical student Emily Garrett explains why her research into the archival papers of Letitia Fairfield left her so inspired by this pioneering 20th century doctor. I first entered the Wellcome Library just over two years ago,… Continue reading

  • Keeping mental health in Mind

    10/10/2014

    For World Mental Health Day: Emma Hancox opens up the Mind archive. Over 80 boxes of material from the archive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library.… Continue reading

  • Well? Well almost…

    09/10/2014

    Through his research into the patient case notes of the Mental After-Care Association, Dr Stephen Soanes explores some of the attitudes towards convalescence in the mental health hospital system of the early 20th century. As a medical classification, convalescence represents a caveat. Neither… Continue reading