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  • Disability and sex: a history of suppression


    This is an extract from an article first published in the Wellcome Trust online journal Mosaic: the science of life. It is republished here under a Creative Commons licence. Disabled people’s sexuality has been suppressed, exploited and, at times, destroyed… Continue reading

  • Intimate Worlds: exhibiting erotica from Henry Wellcome’s collection


    Sexual objects collected by Henry Wellcome are currently on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. The exhibition Intimate Worlds: exploring sexuality through the Sir Henry Wellcome collection opened at the beginning of April and runs for one… Continue reading

  • Shiny shiny, shiny boots of leather


    Forty-five years ago, a New York rock band under Andy Warhol’s patronage released their debut LP. The Velvet Underground and Nico crept out under the radar compared to some of 1967’s other releases – The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts… Continue reading

  • Investigating HIV/AIDs


    We were sorry to note recently the death of Tony Coxon, who was the principal investigator of Project SIGMA, a major longitudinal study of gay men and HIV/Aids which informed government and World Health Organisation policies at the height of… Continue reading

  • Out in the World


    Last Sunday saw the start of a new series on BBC Radio 3, Out in the World – A Global Gay History. Here’s the details from the programme’s website: Richard Coles embarks on an excavation of same sex desire through… Continue reading

  • Woman’s Hour


    Yesterday’s edition of Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4, featured an interview with Dr Lesley Hall talking about her new book – recently highlighted here – The Life and Times of Stella Browne: Feminist and Free Spirit. The interview discusses… Continue reading

  • Archives and Manuscripts cataloguing: January 2011


    A new year, and more new material made available for research. During January, nearly four hundred new database records were created for archive material, one hundred and fifteen becoming visible online during that month. As the disparity in numbers indicates,… Continue reading

  • Investigating responses to AIDS in the late 1980s


    Two small archive collections that have just been made available provide rather different insights as to the impact of the AIDS/HIV epidemic on different populations in the UK by the end of the 1980s, the decade in which it first… Continue reading

  • ‘Sinful Sex and Demon Drink’ in the Wellcome Library


    This week saw the broadcast on BBC2 of the concluding part of Ian Hislop’s Age of the Do-Gooders, a series which set out to restore the reputation of Victorian social campaigners and reformers. The concluding episode – Sinful Sex and… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insight: From Deviance to Diversity


    This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – on Thursday 15th July – explores changing attitudes to sex and gender. Using a broad range of materials from the Wellcome Library, the session will demonstrate the gradual changes in medical and… Continue reading