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  • 16th century anatomical engraving

    Death, art and anatomy: call for papers


    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

  • Spotlight: vanity of vanities, all is vanity


    Jodocus Müller, city apothecary of Dresden, was a prominent and presumably wealthy citizen of that town. In a certificate of 1675 he listed the six pursuits to which he had dedicated his life:  To learn the ‘A. B. C.,’ to… Continue reading

  • The Morbid Anatomy Anthology


    The ‘Morbid Anatomy Anthology’, is a collection of essays by scholars, artists and writers “working along the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine, death and the macabre, religion and spectacle”. Carla Valentine from Barts Pathology Museum tells us what… Continue reading

  • Spotlight: the tragic life of Fanny Grimaldi


    Marie-Françoise (called Fanny) Dupré de Birkenwald was born in 1780 into an old Alsace family. Her father was a scholar and man of letters, despite having lost the sight of both eyes (one in warfare, the other through natural decay).… 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

  • Photograph of Spilsbury's index cards in the original wooden cabinet

    Strangulation, sex and death


    An exciting new addition to our existing holdings of Spilsbury papers helps clarify the working methods and interests of this famous (or notorious) forensic pathologist. In July this year the Library was fortunate enough to be the winning bidder at… Continue reading

  • Graphic intimations of mortality


    The memento mori pictures in the Wellcome Library range from complex and learned allegories to popular works which encourage their owners to laugh in the face of fate. A comparable collection, focused on the Dance of death, was acquired by… Continue reading

  • This weekend: The Congress for Curious Peoples – London edition!


    This Saturday, September 8th, graphic designer, photographer and blogger extraordinaire Joanna Ebenstein opens her legendary “Congress for Curious Peoples” in London. Joanna, who runs New York’s acclaimed Morbid Anatomy Library, cordially invites you to join her and a host of… Continue reading

  • Item of the month, July 2010: The name of the rose


    Six years ago today, Francis Crick died of colon cancer in San Diego at the age of 88. Most famous for his 1953 discovery (with James Watson) of the structure of DNA, Crick was also a keen rose cultivator, filling… Continue reading