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  • Launch of JAINpedia

    03/12/2010

    Launched at an event at the Victoria and Albert Museum on the 18th of November was JAINpedia: a project to create an online, accessible resource devoted to the Jain religion. JAINpedia is the first such project to work with the… Continue reading

  • Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh

    29/11/2010

    Material from the Wellcome Libary is currently on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, as part of a landmark exhibition. Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh explores the monumental artistic legacy of one of the… Continue reading

  • ‘A Vampyre in Hungary’

    31/10/2010

    We have received certain Advice of a Sort of a Prodigy lately discovered in Hungary…namely of Dead Bodies Sucking, as it were, the blood of the living (Whitehall Evening Post, 9 March 1731-2)  This quote comes the Wellcome Library manuscript… Continue reading

  • Say cheese!

    01/10/2010

    One of those quotations that comes up again and again is General de Gaulle’s complaint about the impossibility of uniting France: “How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?” For the serious… Continue reading

  • A hot night in Bengal

    01/08/2010

    One hundred and seventy years ago, on the 1st of August 1840, a court-martial convened in the East India Company military base of Dinapore (now Dānāpur, in India’s Bihār state). Dinapore was a staging post on the route up the… Continue reading

  • Murder, he telegraphed

    31/07/2010

    July 31st 1910: one hundred years ago today, a small, balding, bespectacled man stands in handcuffs on a docked ocean liner, arrested on his arrival in Canada. The man is Hawley Harvey Crippen, and he is under arrest for the… Continue reading

  • Pills, spills and the peloton

    03/07/2010

    At regular intervals later this afternoon, 189 young men will launch themselves and their bicycle down a ramp on Rotterdam’s Zuidplein, turn north and explode along the Dordstelaan towards the huge sweep of the Erasmus Bridge, legs pumping and lungs… Continue reading

  • Korean Manuscripts Week

    07/06/2010

    Developed in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, the Wellcome Library is hosting a study course based around our Korean manuscripts. Date: 14–17 June 2010 Course tutor: Beth McKillop, Director of Collections, Victoria… Continue reading

  • Fire, Riot and Compound Fracture

    02/06/2010

    Hannah Stewart, 21 years of age of a good habit of body, a married Woman was brought into the Hosp[ita]l on Wednesday night the 7th Inst. with a compound Fracture of the Wrist Joint wherein both Radius and Ulna were… Continue reading

  • Travel Writing Sources Guide

    27/04/2010

    Given the restrictions on air travel of late, it is perhaps timely to flag up a new guide to unpublished Travel Writing in the Wellcome Library’s collections. Arranged by geographic region, the guide gives an overview of relevant manuscript material… Continue reading