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  • Travel Writing Sources Guide


    Given the restrictions on air travel of late, it is perhaps timely to flag up a new guide to unpublished Travel Writing in the Wellcome Library’s collections.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

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    Archives & Manuscripts Cataloguing – March 2010


    As we mentioned in early March, the blog will now feature monthly round-ups of archives and manuscripts material newly available to the public or newly visible on our online database. The main newly available collection is that of the papers… Continue reading

  • Institute of Historical Research Seminar


    Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 16th March), as part of the Spring Term ‘Archives and Society’ Seminars at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Senate House, London; the Wellcome Library’s Helen Wakely (Archivist) and Julianne Simpson (Rare Books Librarian), will be giving… Continue reading

  • Stamp of Approval


    Last week, Royal Mail released a set of stamps commemorating the contribution of ten Royal Society Fellows to the scientific world. Among these eminent scientists is the surgeon and pioneer of antisepsis, Joseph Lister, whose portrait was licensed from Wellcome… Continue reading

  • The crust of it!


    This week is National Pie Week in Great Britain, celebrating the long history of pies and pasties in British cookery. Although the haggis and the Roast Beef of Old England occur more in song and story, food wrapped in pastry… Continue reading

  • ‘A Welsh Leech Book’


    Of the thousands of manuscripts in the Wellcome Library, only one is written in Welsh. And as it’s St David’s Day today – the patron saint of Wales, of course – we thought we would offer a few words on… Continue reading

  • Saints, iconoclasts and recipies: a 15th century manuscript


    It is rare to find a manuscript from the early 15th century that combines folk remedies with religious iconography and a royal heritage to boot – even more rare is to find one that has been heavily defaced. Such a… Continue reading

  • A new acquisition


    The De Materia Medica of Dioscorides, written around 70 A.D., was the most important source of information on medicinal plants for 1500 years and today remains an important text in this field. The oldest known complete manuscript is the Juliana… Continue reading

  • Hebrew Manuscripts Week


    Developed in association with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, the Wellcome Library is hosting a week-long study course based around our Hebrew manuscripts.   Date: 15–19 February 2010   Course tutor: Prof Semen Yakerson,… Continue reading

  • The best things in life


    What would you consider to be the most valuable objects in your home? Your laptop? Photo albums? Favourite clothes? Probably not the contents of your bathroom cabinet. But for Elizabeth Freke, living in Norfolk at the turn of the 17th… Continue reading