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  • Henry Wellcome: pioneer in aerial photography

    15/03/2017

    It’s a little known fact that Sir Henry Wellcome was something of a pioneer in aerial photography. Wellcome first visited Sudan in 1900, to establish what became the Wellcome Tropical Research Laboratories in Khartoum. Once the laboratories were established, he… Continue reading

  • That novelty Christmas present you don’t need

    10/01/2017

    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

  • Henry Wellcome, Oscar Wilde and the American Tenor

    16/10/2014

    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

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

    04/11/2013

    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

  • Wellcome anniversaries

    21/08/2013

    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

  • ‘Migrants and Medicine’

    14/01/2013

    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

  • Guest Post: Little Ilford School ‘Science Club’

    24/05/2012

    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

  • Pills and Potions at Royal Holloway

    23/02/2012

    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

  • Merman resurfaces in Regent’s Park

    13/12/2011

    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

  • Henry’s Cats

    07/12/2011

    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