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  • Photograph showing soldiers sitting on iron bedsteads in a hospital ward.

    Pixels and Passchendaele

    25/06/2013

    In commemoration of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of World War I, all material within the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) Muniments collection relating to the war is being digitised as part of the Library’s Digitisation Programme. The material will be digitised… Continue reading

  • Sexology in the Wellcome Library

    14/05/2013

    Last week I attended a colloquium in Berlin, Das Erbe der Berliner Sexualwissenschaft: Eine Fachtagung sexualwissenschaftlicher Archive, commemorating the 80th anniversary of destruction of Magnus Hirschfeld‘s Institut für Sexualwissenschaft by the Nazis on 6 May 1933. I had been asked to… Continue reading

  • Community Care in the Archives: A student’s view

    09/05/2013

    Every year around this time, the Archives and Manuscripts department hosts a student from the UCL Archives and Records Management MA course. The aim of this two week placement is for the student to put into practice what they have… Continue reading

  • St Lucia

    Sun, Sea and Snails

    26/04/2013

    The island of St. Lucia: palm-fringed beaches bathed in glorious Caribbean sun and rugged volcanic mountains separated by valleys of lush, tropical vegetation – the perfect destination for that special romantic get-away, perhaps?  In the 1960s, however, a group of… Continue reading

  • From secret diseases to sexual health

    28/03/2013

    Recently received, and now catalogued and available, in Archives and Manuscripts, are the archives of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, which has also given us books from its library collection. This adds significantly to our existing archival and… Continue reading

  • 4 DNA base pairs

    The dance of A, C, G and T: the Wyatt notebooks

    14/03/2013

    Following the launch of Codebreakers: the makers of modern genetics online resource, we will be posting a series of blogs about the 20 digitised archive collections at its core. To get started, Dr. Chris Hilton, senior archivist at the Library… Continue reading

  • Paying attention to what women say

    08/03/2013

    International Women’s Day seems a good time to commemorate two amazing (and long-lived!) women doctors and researchers whose major breakthroughs were the result of listening to what women told them and paying attention to the implications. Cicely Williams (1893-1992) was… Continue reading

  • The Red, White and Green of ….Germany?

    04/03/2013

    When we talk about our archives and manuscripts, our focus is usually on their content.  People order archive items in order to read them, by and large, and our catalogues tend to focus upon the words on the page, and… Continue reading

  • Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics

    01/03/2013

    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

  • A collector of rare diseases

    28/02/2013

    Today (28th February) is Rare Disease Day, and it seems appropriate to draw attention to our holdings of the papers of a major figure in the history of unusual diseases and syndromes, Frederick Parkes Weber FRCP (1863-1962). Parkes Weber’s contributions… Continue reading