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  • The Museum of Curiosity


    A guest on the most recent edition of the BBC Radio 4 series The Museum of Curiosity, was writer Sarah Bakewell, author of a new biography of Montaigne, How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library gets a Healthcheck


    The most recent web edition of the BBC’s Healthcheck series aired last week, discussing Professor Gareth Williams’s new book The Angel of Death, on the history and eradication of Smallpox. The feature is illustrated by an oil painting from our… Continue reading

  • Channel 4 abortion ad: part of a long history


    When Marie Stopes (1882-1958) first began her crusade for birth control and better sexual knowledge, she was horrified to discover that a significant proportion of the correspondence she received following the publication of her books Married Love and Wise Parenthood… Continue reading

  • The One Show


    Items from the Wellcome Library’s collections featured on last night’s edition of BBC1’s early-evening magazine programme The One Show. Reporter Gyles Brandreth told the story of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, pathologist and so-called ‘Father of Forensics’. As discussed in previous Wellcome… Continue reading

  • Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine

    As part of the BBC’s History of the World series, BBC 1 West broadcast last night, Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine, a documentary in which presenter Mark Horton told the story of Edward Jenner and smallpox vaccination. The documentary drew extensively on… Continue reading

  • Re-‘Revealing the Mind Bender General’


    When first broadcast last year, we posted on the BBC Radio 4 documentary, ‘Revealing the Mind Bender General’, which discussed the controversial career of Dr William Sargant, whose papers are held by the Wellcome Library. Radio 4 is repeating the… Continue reading

  • “I didn’t know this place was here”


    Fans of Radio 4’s Charles Paris mysteries may have caught the last episode of this series, Cast in Order of Disappearance on Friday. In the episode, Charles, played by actor Bill Nighy, and his friend Elspeth rather fabulously pay a… Continue reading

  • Images That Changed the World


    Over the last week, BBC Radio 4 have broadcast Images That Changed the World, a series in which Dr Mark Lythgoe explored the development of medical imaging techniques and their wider cultural influences. The five episodes explored X-Rays, Brain Scanning,… Continue reading

  • Case Notes: Aspirin


    This week’s edition of Case Notes on Radio 4, is devoted to Aspirin: offering the story of its rise as a pharmaceutical product at the end of the nineteenth century and issues regarding its present day use. It features an… Continue reading

  • From Brandreth’s Pills to the Black Death


    Over the festive season, two documentaries were broadcast which drew upon the resources of the Wellcome Library. On BBC Radio 4, Brandreth’s Pills told the story of Benjamin Brandreth, a pioneering patent remedy salesman of the nineteenth century. Brandreth’s Vegetable… Continue reading