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  • Parental cares


    On the Global Day of Parents, Julia Nurse highlights the moving drawings of Käthe Kollwitz. It is every parent’s nightmare to witness a sick child but it was a frighteningly common scenario before the discovery of penicillin in 1928.  Arguably,… Continue reading

  • From mother to mother: the National Childbirth Trust archive


    The newly-catalogued National Childbirth Trust (NCT) archive, containing over 270 boxes of rich archive material, brings to life the history of childbirth and maternity care from the post-war period to the present day. The archive explores how women responded to… Continue reading

  • Attached to her work: Ursula Bowlby and motherhood


    How much did Ursula Bowlby’s personal experience of motherhood contribute to her research on the relationship between infants and mothers, and to the development of her husband’s work on attachment theory? These are questions that Dr Katherine Holden explores in… Continue reading

  • Helen MacMurchy’s Little Blue Books


    Librarian Elizabeth Graham reveals how a new acquisition for the Library collections turned out to have a connection with the former Wellcome Historical Medical Museum. Dr Helen MacMurchy was a distinguished but controversial figure: a pioneering reformer of public health,… Continue reading

  • Film of the Month: Your children and you


    Your children and you is the name of a film made by the Ministry of Information in 1946 and also the title of a new BFI DVD  made in partnership with the Wellcome Library with 15 films about pregnancy, birth,… Continue reading

  • Motherhood and apple pie


    Some great graphic novels and comics have come into the library recently on the themes of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Kate Brown’s graphic novel Fish+Chocolate provides three short stories around the theme of motherhood. The third of these, Matryoshka is the… Continue reading