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  • Cataloguing the Himsworth collection

    01/04/2010

    Newly available in the Archives and Manuscripts collection: the papers of Sir Harold Himsworth (1905-1993) The personal papers of Sir Harold Himsworth reflect the great diversity of interests that the scientist had during his lifetime. Included within the collection are… Continue reading

  • Stamp of Approval

    04/03/2010

    Last week, Royal Mail released a set of stamps commemorating the contribution of ten Royal Society Fellows to the scientific world. Among these eminent scientists is the surgeon and pioneer of antisepsis, Joseph Lister, whose portrait was licensed from Wellcome… Continue reading

  • Maxim and Wellcome: Medicine and Machine Guns

    05/02/2010

    A scene from late-Victorian London society is captured here, in this illustration from the Wellcome Library: we’re at a Thanksgiving Day banquet in 1896. The great and the good of the American expatriate community are on show and presiding is… Continue reading

  • Feliĉan datrevenon!

    15/12/2009

    To the majority of this blog’s readers, the heading to this post will be opaque. If history had worked out differently, however, the phrase could have been as well known as “Happy Birthday”; for this is what it means. Many… Continue reading

  • Nostradamus

    14/12/2009

    The date is disputed – some sources say it’s the 21st December – but other evidence points to the fact that today in 1503, Michel de Nostradame (or Nostradamus, to give the familiar Latinised version of his name) was born… Continue reading

  • Item of the Month, November 2009: The journals of Arthur Wellington Clah

    30/11/2009

    The journals of Arthur Wellington Clah (1831-1916) – Christian missionary and First Nations hereditary Tsimshian chief – are perhaps one of the more unexpected treasures of the Wellcome Library. Written over fifty years, from 1859 to 1910, they comprise a… Continue reading

  • Two empresses and their sons

    04/09/2009

    SS. Constantine and Helena. Russian painting on wood. Wellcome Library no. 34400i Empresses are rarely encountered. However a small Russian painting in the Wellcome Library records a bond between two empresses who lived fifteen centuries apart. As will be seen,… Continue reading

  • Death of a novelist

    03/08/2009

    Eighty-five years ago today, on August 3rd 1924, the novelist Joseph Conrad died of a heart attack at his home in Kent. Conrad’s narratives are slippery constructions, with lavish use of fractured timescales, unreliable narrators and indirect speech. Their indirection… Continue reading

  • Scaling the walls of the citadel

    09/06/2009

    Today’s Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Life of the Day is the pioneering woman doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. She was admitted to the Medical Register in 1865, having received the Licentiate in Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries as the… Continue reading

  • Robert Whytt portrayed from the life

    20/05/2009

    Robert Whytt. Oil painting by G.B. Bellucci, 1738. Wellcome Library no. 665664i   Robert Whytt (1714-1766) was both a practising physician in Edinburgh and a professor at Edinburgh University. His extensive writings record his search for answers to questions that… Continue reading