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  • Making and marketing condoms

    20/10/2016

    The 1960s was a good time to own Britain’s biggest condom factory, but the London Rubber Company (LRC) was not without its problems. Despite record sales and increased condom use, there was a distinctly oestrogenic blot on the horizon. The… Continue reading

  • Half a century of helpful people with helpful answers

    12/07/2014

    We are delighted to announce a significant addition to the Wellcome Library’s existing important archival holdings on sexual issues and birth control: the archives (SA/BRO) of Brook, the sexual health charity for young people. The organisation, which reaches its 50th Anniversary this… Continue reading

  • The rights to reproduction

    08/03/2014

    To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, here’s a 50 year old greeting from the archives that has some mystery about it. This card was sent to Carlos Paton Blacker (1895-1975): The reverse of the card says: “Warmest greetings… Continue reading

  • ‘Lobbied, charmed and persuaded’

    08/01/2014

    We were saddened to read the recent obituary of Vera Houghton (1914-2013), pioneer in the fields of abortion law reform and free birth control. The importance of her work, and that of her late husband, the Labour MP and Cabinet… Continue reading

  • Sex and Dr Joan Malleson

    11/10/2013

    Dr Joan Malleson (1899-1956) worked in sexual health and fertility at a time when even talking about such topics could be a source of acute embarrassment. By all accounts Dr Malleson treated her patients with a great deal of understanding and compassion. She was… Continue reading

  • Sex, religion and royalty: also dairy farming

    20/12/2012

    Religion, sex, and royalty are supposed to be the perfect storm for creating a bestseller. Archives and Manuscripts have recently acquired some papers of Lord Dawson of Penn, physician to four monarchs (Edwards VII and VIII, Georges V and VI),… Continue reading

  • Rapid Growth in Population Archives

    23/10/2012

    Two closely-related archives on population control have recently been catalogued and are now available to researchers at the Wellcome Library. Population Concern (SA/POP) and The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health (SA/PGP) form part of a nexus… Continue reading

  • National Abortion Campaign archives now available

    09/08/2012

    The archive of the National Abortion Campaign has recently been catalogued and is now available to researchers at the Wellcome Library. The National Abortion Campaign (NAC) was formed in 1975 and the group defended the Abortion Act 1967 against several… Continue reading

  • Madeleine Simms (1930-2011)

    20/10/2011

    We were saddened last week to hear of the death of Madeleine Simms, who had been present earlier this year and on fine form at the Population Investigation Committee Symposium held at the Wellcome in February. Our contacts with Madeleine… Continue reading

  • The Birth of the Birth Control Clinic

    17/03/2011

    As part of IHR@90, a celebration of the ninetieth anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Historical Research, a conference was held last Friday at Senate House on ‘The Birth of the Birth Control Clinic’ (jointly organised with the… Continue reading