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  • The first antiques roadshow?


    Today has seen the BBC celebrate 75 years since the launch of the world’s first regular television service. Given their current popularity, it’s no surprise that the daytime schedules of both BBC1 and BBC2 have today (as on most other… Continue reading

  • A Merman comes ashore in Bromley


    This Saturday (5th November), Wellcome Library Research Officer Ross MacFarlane will join Paolo Viscardi, one of the Horniman Museum’s Natural History Curators, at the Bromley Musuem, Orpington, Kent, on “a voyage of discovery across oceans, through time and into the… Continue reading

  • New issue of Wellcome News


    Published four times a year, Wellcome News contains up-to-date articles highlighting the Wellcome Trust’s wide-reaching science and public engagement activities, grant schemes, policies and more. The latest issue’s ‘From the Archive’ feature, highlights one of our digitised recipe manuscripts (MS.7113),… Continue reading

  • The lost world of Snow Hill


    The image above captures the popular conception of London’s reaction to the Blitz, which was arguably at its most fearsome during May and June 70 years ago. During the night-time bombings, lives were lost and buildings were destroyed. But come… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insights: June – July


    Our popular Insight sessions offer visitors to the Wellcome Library an opportunity to explore the variety of our holdings. These free sessions are thematic in style, last around an hour and offer a chance to learn about our collections. Details… Continue reading

  • A grim day in Minnesota


    Wellcome Library no. 677114i   This colour lithograph (click on image to enlarge) was recently found in a drawer in the Wellcome Library containing personalia of Henry S. Wellcome, the founder of the Library. It shows the hanging of 38… Continue reading

  • Wellcome’s Christmas Gifts


    Every Christmas from the 1890s until 1914, Henry Wellcome gave a book to the employees of his pharmaceutical business, Burroughs Wellcome and Co. As some of these titles remain in the Library’s collections, we wondered if they would shed some… Continue reading

  • Vital Mental Medicine


    A BBC Radio 4 documentary which aired today, Vital Mental Medicine: Shackleton’s Banjo, offers an indirect insight into an aspect of Henry Wellcome’s life. The documentary tells the story of the instrument shown above: a banjo belonging to Leonard Hussey,… Continue reading

  • Public events


    News of a pair of forthcoming free public events, which draw on the expertise and knowledge of two members of Wellcome Library staff. On Tuesday 30th November, Ross MacFarlane, Research Officer, will be speaking at Brent Archives on ‘Henry Wellcome:… Continue reading

  • Wellcome Library Insight: Henry Wellcome – His Life & Work


    This week’s free Wellcome Library Insight session – on Thursday 21st October – focuses on our founder, Henry Wellcome. Who was Wellcome and what drove him to collect over a million objects during his lifetime? We will examine his personal… Continue reading