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  • Wellcome Library Insight – Women, health and healing

    07/03/2011

      This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – on Thursday 10th March – explores the changing role of women in medicine and attitudes to female healers through the centuries, with historical material drawn from the Wellcome Library’s collections. Our… Continue reading

  • New voluntary hospitals database

    15/06/2010

    We are delighted to report that further value has been added to the Wellcome/National Archives Hospital Records Database with the creation of links to information in the Wellcome Trust-supported Voluntary Hospitals Database of the Centre for History in Public Health… Continue reading

  • Behold the man: a painting in Perth

    19/02/2010

    Christ displaying his wounds. Oil painting on canvas 132.1 x 99 cm. Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland.   This painting of Christ showing to the viewer the wound in his side has belonged to the town of Perth, Scotland,… Continue reading

  • Apple pie order

    02/07/2009

    Ayurveda all in a row The Wellcome Library is closed this week (29 June-5 July) to enable the staff to carry out numerous stocktaking and ordering projects for the benefit of its users. For example books on the open shelves… Continue reading

  • The origins of NHS bureaucracy

    22/05/2009

    The Dispensary movement had its beginnings in London in the second half of the 18th century. Championed by the Quaker physician John Coakley Lettsom, a system of dispensaries was introduced where the poor could be treated as out-patients and even… Continue reading

  • Acts of Mercy by Frederick Cayley Robinson: now back on display

    31/03/2009

    Hmm, these big white walls at the entrance to the Wellcome Library look rather bare and cold. What does it look like if we try putting a painting up? One with warm colours, like one of the four paintings of… Continue reading

  • Acts of Mercy by F. Cayley Robinson (1862-1927)

    29/01/2009

    ACTS OF MERCY is the collective title of four large oil paintings on canvas painted by Frederick Cayley Robinson (1862-1927) between 1915 and 1920 for the Middlesex Hospital in London. They had been commissioned for the hospital around 1912 by… Continue reading