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    That novelty Christmas present you don’t need


    So, what did you get for Christmas? It is, of course, the thought that counts: remembering someone, and taking the effort to choose something for them, rather than selecting the precise object that they might have got for themselves. Even… Continue reading

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    Henry Wellcome, Oscar Wilde and the American Tenor


    On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Oscar Wilde, it seems apt to draw attention to one of the more surprising letters in Henry Wellcome’s papers. Why would Wilde be writing to Wellcome? The answer reveals a surprsing string… Continue reading

  • V0006201 Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome. Pen drawing by F. Reynolds, 1897Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Henry Solomon Wellcome. Pen drawing by Fred Reynolds, 1897 including ears of wheat, a fish and a tabloid pillPublished:  - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc 2.0 UK, see

    Mustachios makyth the man: the rise and decline of Sir Henry’s moustache


    The advent of the men’s health campaign Movember 2013, inspires a consideration of the rise, development and decline of Sir Henry Wellcome’s moustache-action over several decades. As a young man in the USA we can see, c. 1880, his wispy early… Continue reading

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    Wellcome anniversaries


    August 21st, 2013 marks the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sir Henry Wellcome. This month also marks the centenary of one of the most important events in Wellcome’s life: August 1913 was the month that the Wellcome Historical Medical… Continue reading

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    ‘Migrants and Medicine’


    This Thursday (17th January), Research Engagement Officer Ross MacFarlane will be participating in the first of a new series of events organised by the Migration Museum Project. Details: Migrants and Medicine: Paralympics, Psychology and Pharmaceuticals What do migrants bring to our… Continue reading

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    Guest Post: Little Ilford School ‘Science Club’


    In the second post from our Year 9 friends at Little Ilford School, here are Edward and Farzana reflecting on their visit and the four humours.  During the 17th century medicine was still handicapped by wrong ideas about the human… Continue reading

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    Pills and Potions at Royal Holloway


    This Saturday (25th February) Wellcome Library Research Officer Ross MacFarlane will be speaking at Pills and Potions, Royal Holloway University’s 2012 Science Open Day. The title of Ross’s talk is Henry Wellcome: Invisible Ink to Pills and Potions and in… Continue reading

  • A grotesque mermaid, amidst luxurious cushions and drapes, and framed by two shells. Coloured lithograph by E. Purcell, 1822 Wellcome Images V0007468

    Merman resurfaces in Regent’s Park


    After a recent sighting in Bromley, a merman once owned by Henry Wellcome, and now in the collection of the Horniman Museum, is making an appearance north of the Thames at the headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians, beside… Continue reading

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Henry Wellcome's cats.
circa 1900 - 1936 PERSONAL PAPERS OF HENRY SOLOMON WELLCOME (1853-1936) 
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    Henry’s Cats


    In 1936, readers of the Liverpool Echo were intrigued to read of the death of a London millionaire who apparently chose to live in a Portland Place hotel while maintaining a palatial Regents park residence for the sole occupancy of… Continue reading

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    The first antiques roadshow?


    Today has seen the BBC celebrate 75 years since the launch of the world’s first regular television service. Given their current popularity, it’s no surprise that the daytime schedules of both BBC1 and BBC2 have today (as on most other… Continue reading