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  • Mushroom cloud from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, 9 August 1945

    Radiation Science in the Atomic Age

    07/05/2014

    If the recommendations of some scientists in the early 1950s had been followed, we would now be eating food treated with waste from nuclear power stations. In 1953 the Low Temperature Research Station (forerunner to the Institute of Food Research)… Continue reading

  • Having a ‘typewritten conversation’

    30/09/2013

    The records of the Pioneer Health Centre Peckham, along with the personal papers of its originators, George Scott Williamson and Innes Pearse, came into the Wellcome Library over a period of years from a variety of different sources, having ended up dispersed… Continue reading

  • Dr Cicely Williams speaks to the nation

    18/07/2013

    There is something very special about hearing a person’s voice. Tucked away in the Wellcome Library’s Cicely Williams archive  there are a few audio-recordings. These have recently been digitised and two of the best are now online, making it possible… Continue reading

  • ‘Enough to Eat?’

    01/05/2013

    I love this 1936 film.  It is 22 minutes long and well worth a watch.  I love it for the black and white graphics, the period accents and the film’s radical suggestion that poverty is the main cause of malnutrition. The film is… Continue reading

  • Paying attention to what women say

    08/03/2013

    International Women’s Day seems a good time to commemorate two amazing (and long-lived!) women doctors and researchers whose major breakthroughs were the result of listening to what women told them and paying attention to the implications. Cicely Williams (1893-1992) was… Continue reading

  • Sex, religion and royalty: also dairy farming

    20/12/2012

    Religion, sex, and royalty are supposed to be the perfect storm for creating a bestseller. Archives and Manuscripts have recently acquired some papers of Lord Dawson of Penn, physician to four monarchs (Edwards VII and VIII, Georges V and VI),… Continue reading

  • The Right to Roam

    24/04/2012

    “I’m a rambler, I’m a rambler from Manchester way I get all my pleasure the hard moorland way I may be a wage slave on Monday But I am a free man on Sunday.” (Ewan MacColl, “The Manchester Rambler”)  … Continue reading

  • An outbreak of Mad Cow Disease in the archives

    13/12/2011

    The Wellcome Trust ’s mission is to foster human and animal health. Sometimes these two areas converge. The BSE crisis of the late 1990s was one such occurrence. Sir John Pattison, former vice-provost of University College London School of Health,… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insight: Nourishing the Nation

    11/10/2011

    Think Jamie Oliver’s campaigns are new initiatives? This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – ‘Nourishing the Nation’ – may make you think again. Drawing on archives and illustrative materials from our collections, the event will explore the work of… Continue reading

  • Food dilemmas

    25/09/2011

    Food shopping. Like death and taxes, there’s no avoiding it. Whether we like it or not, food choices have always been inextricably linked with class and morality. Our attitudes to food reflect underlying fears about changes in lifestyle, family and… Continue reading