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  • Art in the asylum

    06/12/2016

    For the next in our series, the Asylum and Beyond, Julia Nurse explores our asylum archives to find some of the earliest examples of art therapy – and some fascinating artworks! As the first asylum to actively encourage and collect… 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 gift from the dead of 1945

    27/01/2016

    January brings to the UK not only storms and floods but also a benefit to users of historical collections: copyright expiry. At midnight on 31 December 2015, the copyrights of people who had died in 1945 expired, and it became… Continue reading

  • 16th century anatomical engraving

    Death, art and anatomy: call for papers

    04/12/2015

    Paper proposals are invited for a conference on ‘Death, art and anatomy’ that will take place at the University of Winchester, UK, 3–6 June 2016. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the intersections between death, art and anatomy, by bringing together… Continue reading

  • Stranger than a wolf

    02/06/2015

    Wellcome Images recently acquired a photographic series depicting the gradual creation of a human head in clay.  They form part of an art project called Stranger than a Wolf by artist Heather Spears. For the project sculptor Ellie Scheepens was… Continue reading

  • The Genius of Ismond Rosen

    24/09/2014

    Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, authority on human sexuality, media pundit, acclaimed artist and prolific writer: whichever way you look at it Ismond Rosen (1924-1996) was possessed of an exceptional intellect. His archive, which comprises 119 boxes of documentary material, photographic images, art… Continue reading

  • Addicted artists and the corridors of power: archive material opened January 2010

    08/01/2010

    Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel-piece, and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt-cuff. For some little… Continue reading

  • William Morris at the Wellcome Library

    27/04/2009

    William Morris’s library at Kelmscott House reflected his many interests. Although it contained many fine manuscripts and early printed books, it was primarily a working collection. Herbals were acquired both as source material for designs and for practical information on… Continue reading

  • Tribulations of Father Bernardo

    09/03/2009

    Etching by Jeremiasz Falck after Bernardo Strozzi. Wellcome Library no. 35207i Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644) of Genoa was a painter whose works include this portrayal of an old lady sitting at her dressing table, assisted by two slightly mocking younger women.… Continue reading