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    Two million milestone for the digital library programme

    03/09/2013

    Since the launch of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics  in March earlier this year, we have continued to add content to our digital library at a growing pace. Our Medical Officer of Health (MOH) report project has seen nearly 500,000 images… Continue reading

  • “Possibly… of advantage to the subject of Pharmacology”

    02/09/2013

    The archive of the British Pharmacological Society (BPS) has recently been catalogued and is now available to researchers at the Wellcome Library. The BPS was founded in 1931 and the collection covers a wide range of areas: minutes of the… Continue reading

  • Sir Michael Stoker’s letters

    29/08/2013

    The recent death of the cell biologist Sir Michael Stoker (1918-2013) prompted me to see if his name appeared in our digital archives. It does. I found a number of letters he wrote to other scientists, including Francis Crick, Jim… Continue reading

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

    Autograph letters collection: a hidden treasure?

    27/08/2013

    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

  • Seeing the world through invisible glasses

    19/08/2013

    Why, Miss Smith, without your glasses you’re beautiful! (…. as Miss Smith removes her spectacles and shakes down her hair….) Be-spectacled librarians and archivists are only too well aware that the wearing of glasses carries all sorts of cultural baggage… Continue reading

  • Edward Adamson: art as healing

    15/08/2013

    I recently catalogued the personal papers of British artist Edward Adamson (1911-1996), donated to the Wellcome Library by his surviving life partner and collaborator, teacher and writer John Timlin. Together with a new website that I curated (‘The Adamson Collection’), … Continue reading

  • The British Transplantation Society papers (1972-2007)

    12/08/2013

    The recently catalogued papers (SA/BTS) of the British Transplantation Society (BTS) document changing attitudes towards organ and tissue transplantation, in the medical community and more broadly, over a 35-year span. The papers provide an insight into the rapid medical advances… Continue reading

  • You’ve Goat to be Kidding

    29/07/2013

    Best known for their cantankerous personalities and trouser nibbling traits, it’s not particularly surprising that there haven’t been too many positively memorable goats throughout history.  Putting aside the goat that hit the headlines for marrying a man in Sudan, another… Continue reading

  • You can check in, but you can never leave

    26/07/2013

    Nowadays technology makes travel to most corners of the globe, for all but those phobic about air travel, swift and relatively cheap. As we enter the twenty-first century, too, ideology is on the side of the traveller: the end of… Continue reading

  • Doctors on the box

    12/07/2013

    It seems that you can hardly switch on the TV these days without stumbling across a fly-on-the-wall documentary set amidst the high octane drama of an A&E department, or someone willing to have the details of their intimate surgery broadcast… Continue reading