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  • Fighting Fit: the wartime battle for Britain’s health


    “We’re on Number 12 platform at Waterloo Station, one of the ten big metropolitan stations that are engaged today (1 September 1939) on the evacuation of London’s schoolchildren,” reads the BBC’s radio announcer to the sound of puffing steam engines.… Continue reading

  • Image of childbirth in early printed book

    Bawling babies and their baths in early modern England


    Galenic and Hippocratic medical traditions did not see all bodies as the same. Indeed, recent work by Hannah Newton has shown that early modern physicians treated and perceived children as ‘physiologically distinct’ from adults. Children, including infants, were moist, warm… Continue reading

  • Champion of humane childcare


    Robina Addis’s pioneering work in child guidance and mental health puts her at the forefront of psychiatric social work in Britain in the interwar years and beyond. The Robina Addis papers are now available online as part of the Library’s… Continue reading

  • Attached to her work: Ursula Bowlby and motherhood


    How much did Ursula Bowlby’s personal experience of motherhood contribute to her research on the relationship between infants and mothers, and to the development of her husband’s work on attachment theory? These are questions that Dr Katherine Holden explores in… Continue reading

  • Helen MacMurchy’s Little Blue Books


    Librarian Elizabeth Graham reveals how a new acquisition for the Library collections turned out to have a connection with the former Wellcome Historical Medical Museum. Dr Helen MacMurchy was a distinguished but controversial figure: a pioneering reformer of public health,… Continue reading

  • Paying attention to what women say


    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

  • Recording the births and deaths of children


    The Society of Antiquaries of London is holding a series of public lectures which are free and open to all. Of the five lectures between September 2012 and May 2013,  the first, on 18 September 2012, was on the use… Continue reading

  • Bathing with Sheeps’ Heads: The Sick Child in Early Modern England


    Dr Hannah Newton is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Here, she provides insights into the treatment and experience of childhood illness in the early modern period, and overturns three enduring myths about the history of childhood.… Continue reading

  • As the new school year begins…


    One might suppose that interest in child study must have been a twentieth century development, probably arising between the wars with the development of psychology as a discipline. In fact, a number of child study organisations, whose records are now… Continue reading

  • Dream a little dream…


    In May 1940, Birmingham schoolteacher and army reservist, Kenneth Davies Hopkins, was captured by the Nazis in France, and sent to a succession of Prisoner of War camps in Germany. Whilst interned he had the idea of recording the dreams… Continue reading