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  • Sketches from a journey across Europe in 1817


    Two hundred years ago, an English businessman waited nervously at Dover, about to take a leap into the unknown. In July 1817, at the age of 31, Joseph Jackson Lister – a wine merchant and, in his spare time, a… Continue reading

  • Denis Burkitt’s safari diaries


    Denis Parsons Burkitt (1911-1993), while posted at the Mulago Hospital and Makerere Medical School in Kampala, Uganda, in the 1950s and 1960s, was the first to describe a childhood cancer which became known as Burkitt’s lymphoma. From the latter 1960s… Continue reading

  • Tales of medical students heading for Paris


    British tourists and travellers heading by road for Paris and points beyond for the summer are likely to take the autoroute. Not so long ago however the principal route was the old RN 1 which took the traveller from Calais… Continue reading

  • The well-travelled archive


    With summer holidays in full swing some of us may be lucky enough to be acquiring a new stamp in our passports en route to an exotic destination. Just like the stamps in our passports, or the travel stickers that… Continue reading

  • Extreme traveller of the early C20th


    John Fulton Barr as a young man A small collection of papers of John Fulton Barr (1868-1954) has just been catalogued and is now available for reader use. Barr qualified in medicine at the University of Glasgow in 1891. According… Continue reading

  • A Doctor on Holiday: World Tourism Day


    Regular visitors to this Blog will know, the Wellcome Library holds the personal papers of many doctors, surgeons, medical scientists and practitioners throughout the ages. These collections, especially from the 19th century onwards, frequently include entertaining journals, notebooks, letters and… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insight: Around the World in 100 Years


    This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – on Thursday 18th November – offers the chance learn about the globe-trotting adventures of surgeons, medics, clerics and ‘ordinary’ tourists whose records have found their way into our collections. Our Insight sessions… Continue reading

  • International Archives Day


    June the 9th is International Archives Day, designated by the International Council on Archives (ICA). Of course, archives are everywhere: wherever there is writing, there are people using it to document their activities. Less obvious, perhaps, is the global span… Continue reading