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  • Francis Galton: a Victorian polymath


    We have added two new digitised archive collections (Alan Coulson and Francis Galton) to the Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics online resource. Here, Katy Makin from the University College London (UCL) Special Collections team shares her experience of working with… Continue reading

  • The Sick Rose


    Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow, Richard Barnett’s new book, The Sick Rose is about disease and the art of medical illustration. Largely based on images from the Wellcome Library collections, its contents are at times explicit and uncompromising representations of  illness.… Continue reading

  • Forbidden fruit in Iranian cuisine


    Iran has a long history of interaction with the West. One aspect of cultural cross-fertilization is the art of cooking. The Library recently acquired a new Persian manuscript collection of culinary recipes, which sheds new light on the influence of… Continue reading

  • Heavenly bodies: astrological medicine in Wellcome manuscript MS.40


    Before beginning my dissertation research at the Wellcome Library my understanding of astrology was, like most people’s, limited to my star sign (Taurus) and reading the occasional horoscope in the paper. As a medieval art historian, I had some sense… Continue reading

  • Maurice Wilkins: glimmers of greatness


    Here’s a tantalising glimpse into the Maurice Wilkins archive by Geoff Browell, Senior Archives Services Manager at King’s College Archives Services. This is another in our series on key figures in the history of genetics, who form part of the… Continue reading

  • Haldane: a cantankerous and charismatic pioneer


    Katy Makin, project archivist at University College London, provides some fascinating insights into the life and personality of J B S Haldane, one of the ‘Makers of Modern Genetics’ whose papers were digitised for the Codebreakers online resource.  The original… Continue reading

  • A further introduction to the History of Medicine


    Philippa Kaina, a first year medical student at Barts and the London, recounts her experiences of the ‘Introduction to the History of Medicine’ course run by the Wellcome Library and Society of Apothecaries . The three-day ‘Introduction to the History of Medicine’… Continue reading

  • Community Care in the Archives: A student’s view


    Every year around this time, the Archives and Manuscripts department hosts a student from the UCL Archives and Records Management MA course. The aim of this two week placement is for the student to put into practice what they have… Continue reading

  • An introduction to the History of Medicine


    The Wellcome Library and the Society of Apothecaries jointly organise a mini-course introducing medical students to the History of Medicine.  Here offering her thoughts on the recent 3-day course, is Anusha Ganesh – a 4th year medical student from the… Continue reading

  • The Papers of Guido Pellegrino Arrigo Pontecorvo


    In the second of our series introducing the digitised archive collections in the Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics resource, Dr Sam Maddra, archivist at the Glasgow Universtiy Archive Services  introduces the Pontecorvo papers.  The original papers are located at The… Continue reading