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What simple pleasures are you looking at anew?Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
30/04/2021

What simple pleasures are you looking at anew?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

What simple pleasures are you looking at anew?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

In a time without scans or antenatal tests, neither medical staff nor parents were prepared for the damage to the foetus...
30/04/2021
Thalidomide babies

In a time without scans or antenatal tests, neither medical staff nor parents were prepared for the damage to the foetus caused by thalidomide.

Part 2 of #VoicesofThalidomide

In a time without scans or antenatal tests, neither medical staff nor parents were prepared for the damage to the foetus caused by the thalidomide drug.

For Hannah Dines, the pandemic has revealed the extraordinary efforts of an unconventional friend on the vaccination fro...
27/04/2021
Vaccinating a community, saving lives

For Hannah Dines, the pandemic has revealed the extraordinary efforts of an unconventional friend on the vaccination frontline - Doctor Jane Harvey and her pioneering approach to monitoring and maintaining the health of others.

Doctor Jane Harvey always goes the extra mile to care for her patients, and in recent months that’s extended to huge efforts to save lives with her coronavirus vaccination push.

To date, little has been revealed about what happened when LGBTQI people – especially women – encountered the mental hea...
26/04/2021
The shocking ‘treatment’ to make lesbians straight

To date, little has been revealed about what happened when LGBTQI people – especially women – encountered the mental health system 50 years ago. But new research has unearthed hidden, and often shocking stories. #LesbianVisibilityDay

Being a lesbian has never been a crime in the UK, but 50 years ago, some psychologists experimented with treatments to try to ‘cure’ women of their orientation. Find out what this involved.

For two women from different cultural backgrounds, even choosing a sperm donor can get complicated. Paula Akpan explores...
26/04/2021
Mixed heritage lesbian couples and fertility treatment

For two women from different cultural backgrounds, even choosing a sperm donor can get complicated. Paula Akpan explores the issues around fertility treatment and the limited resources available for lesbian couples. #LesbianVisibilityDay

For a lesbian couple who want to share their different cultural heritages with their child, fertility treatment can get very complicated.

What changes have you noticed around you?Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
23/04/2021

What changes have you noticed around you?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

What changes have you noticed around you?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Over 60 years have passed since thalidomide was first prescribed to pregnant women. Hear from some of the women who took...
23/04/2021
Thalidomide, a bitter pill

Over 60 years have passed since thalidomide was first prescribed to pregnant women. Hear from some of the women who took the drug and their experiences as the full impact of the thalidomide scandal unfolded around them.

Part 1 of #VoicesofThalidomide

Hear from some of the women who took the drug thalidomide over sixty years ago about the fear, isolation and grief that they experienced as the appalling pharmaceutical scandal unfolded around them.

Cystitis is more than just an uncomfortable bladder infection. Sufferers also endure sexism, shame, and stigma from medi...
21/04/2021
The secret sting of cystitis

Cystitis is more than just an uncomfortable bladder infection. Sufferers also endure sexism, shame, and stigma from medical professionals. Agnes Arnold-Forster explores how these issues in modern medicine meet through her own experience, and how victims find solace in each other.

Agnes Arnold-Forster recounts her experiences of cystitis, explaining how this illness intersects with sexism, shame, and stigma from medical professionals.

What furry and feathered friends have helped you through the pandemic? Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
16/04/2021

What furry and feathered friends have helped you through the pandemic?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

What furry and feathered friends have helped you through the pandemic?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

During a unique moment when much of life was paused, Farah Esset and Eden Rickson began to consider the beauty rituals b...
15/04/2021
My body, my hair

During a unique moment when much of life was paused, Farah Esset and Eden Rickson began to consider the beauty rituals being ditched during lockdown. Would we restart things like removing our body hair once it was over? And what compels us to wax, pluck and shave in the first place? They decided to find out, collecting stories and portraits that explore the intimate interplay between body hair and identity.

To depilate or not to depilate? Farah Esset and Eden Rickson share a collection of personal pictures and stories that explore the intimate interplay between body hair and identity.

14/04/2021
What does it mean to be human, now?

We asked a cross-section of our collaborators and community: What does it mean to be human, now, and how we can care for ourselves and for each other during extraordinary cultural, social and political shifts? Explore the #BeingHumanNow season at https://wellcomecollection.org/seasons/X84FvhIAACUAqiqp

Interviewees:
Caroline Newton, Teenage cancer nurse specialist
Rianna Walcott, Researcher, writer & activist
Stephen Griffiths, Copenhagen Youth Project lead

Could upper-class hair-hygiene regimes cause baldness, or does hair health depend on a blast of deadly mercury? Maisie J...
13/04/2021
Historical ways to hang on to your hair

Could upper-class hair-hygiene regimes cause baldness, or does hair health depend on a blast of deadly mercury? Maisie Jenkins scours the archives for historic follicle care.

Could upper-class hair-hygiene regimes cause baldness, or does hair health depend on a blast of deadly mercury? Maisie Jenkins scours the archives for historic follicle care.

Have you discovered inner strength you never knew you had?Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
12/04/2021

Have you discovered inner strength you never knew you had?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Have you discovered inner strength you never knew you had?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

The last year has brought mental health inequalities in the UK into plain sight. Writer and campaigner James Downs argue...
08/04/2021
Is it really OK to not be OK?

The last year has brought mental health inequalities in the UK into plain sight. Writer and campaigner James Downs argues that it’s possible to build a mental healthcare system to support everyone in need.

Our mental healthcare system is still the poor relation of services that treat physical illness, and the pandemic has shone a spotlight on this situation. Campaigner James Downs argues for fundamental change.

Feeling isolated and anxious during the lockdowns of the last year, Tanya Perdikou found solace in reconnecting to her p...
07/04/2021
Finding consolation in social isolation

Feeling isolated and anxious during the lockdowns of the last year, Tanya Perdikou found solace in reconnecting to her past and reaching out to neighbours in the present. Part 6 of #HowToBelong.

Feeling isolated and anxious during the lockdowns of the last year, Tanya Perdikou found solace in reconnecting to her past and reaching out to neighbours in the present.

Protestors railing against “government lies” at weekend anti-lockdown protests have become commonplace in the last year....
06/04/2021
Why pandemic denial is nothing new

Protestors railing against “government lies” at weekend anti-lockdown protests have become commonplace in the last year. But such sentiments are old news – they have their counterparts in the defiance of anti-cholera supporters 190 years ago.

Could today’s Covid-deniers be taking lessons from history? After all, it’s nearly 200 years since frustrations at a cholera-induced lockdown erupted in Sunderland.

Are you taking the time to interact with strangers more?Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
02/04/2021

Are you taking the time to interact with strangers more?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Are you taking the time to interact with strangers more?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Isabella Kaminski reflects on a transformative journey that saw her cycle the length of the UK, tracking the first signs...
30/03/2021
Chasing spring

Isabella Kaminski reflects on a transformative journey that saw her cycle the length of the UK, tracking the first signs of spring. She explores what the changing seasons can tell us about ourselves and the climate crisis.

Isabella Kaminski reflects on a transformative journey that saw her cycle the length of the UK, tracking the first signs of spring. She explores what the changing seasons can tell us about ourselves and the climate crisis.

Are you ready to make any plans yet?Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
26/03/2021

Are you ready to make any plans yet?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Are you ready to make any plans yet?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Becoming a mother is transformative, but also disorienting. Tanya Perdikou reflects on the importance of support network...
25/03/2021
Belonging, babies and self-belief

Becoming a mother is transformative, but also disorienting. Tanya Perdikou reflects on the importance of support networks to new mothers, and how she navigated the isolation of early parenthood by reconnecting with herself. Part 5 of #HowToBelong.

As a first-time mother living abroad, it seemed too exhausting to truly connect with new acquaintances. Instead, Tanya Perdikou began to make a kind of peace with herself.

We're extremely excited to announce that we plan to reopen our museum and library to the public on Tuesday 18 May! 🥳You'...
25/03/2021

We're extremely excited to announce that we plan to reopen our museum and library to the public on Tuesday 18 May! 🥳

You'll need to book a ticket to come in, and follow our new safety measures. Tickets will be available to book from Friday 16 April. https://wellcomecollection.org/

We're extremely excited to announce that we plan to reopen our museum and library to the public on Tuesday 18 May! 🥳

You'll need to book a ticket to come in, and follow our new safety measures. Tickets will be available to book from Friday 16 April. https://wellcomecollection.org/

In 2016, within six weeks, Steve Barker lost the sight in his left eye and hearing in his left ear. It seriously challen...
24/03/2021
Making sense of senses lost

In 2016, within six weeks, Steve Barker lost the sight in his left eye and hearing in his left ear. It seriously challenged his sensory relationship with the world and challenged his idea of who he could be within it.

In rapid succession, Steve Barker suddenly lost sight and hearing on his left side. The effect on how he perceives the world has been profound.

19/03/2021
Being Human, Now

We asked a cross-section of our collaborators and community: What does it mean to be human, now, and how we can care for ourselves and for each other during extraordinary cultural, social and political shifts? Explore the #BeingHumanNow season at https://wellcomecollection.org/seasons/X84FvhIAACUAqiqp

Interviewees:
Caroline Newton, Teenage cancer nurse specialist
Daze Aghaji, Climate justice activist
Dolly Sen, Artist & mental health activist

How are you coping with uncertainty?Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
19/03/2021

How are you coping with uncertainty?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

How are you coping with uncertainty?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Wherever she’s lived, Tanya Perdikou has rarely felt at home, and numerous moves have perpetuated a sense of disconnecti...
18/03/2021
Searching for a place to call home

Wherever she’s lived, Tanya Perdikou has rarely felt at home, and numerous moves have perpetuated a sense of disconnection. But signs from nature offer powerful moments of connection. Part 4 of #HowToBelong.

Wherever she’s lived, Tanya Perdikou has rarely felt at home, and numerous moves have perpetuated a sense of disconnection. But signs from nature offer powerful moments of connection.

After 15 years of speech therapy, Jonty Claypole  decided to make peace with his stammer. He explores our fear of disflu...
16/03/2021
Out of the mouth trap

After 15 years of speech therapy, Jonty Claypole decided to make peace with his stammer. He explores our fear of disfluency and reveals how accepting it could actually increase our creativity and persuasiveness.

After 15 years of speech therapy, Jonty Claypole decided to make peace with his stammer. He explores our fear of disfluency, revealing how accepting it could actually increase our creativity and persuasiveness.

Are you a different person now than you were before the pandemic? Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.
12/03/2021

Are you a different person now than you were before the pandemic?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Are you a different person now than you were before the pandemic?

Artwork: ©lesleyimgart for Wellcome Collection.

Tanya Perdikou unpicks the addictions that have shaped her past, uncovering the connections that make recovery possible....
11/03/2021
When you don’t belong, you drink

Tanya Perdikou unpicks the addictions that have shaped her past, uncovering the connections that make recovery possible. Read part 3 of our series #HowToBelong now.

In the third part of her exploration of belonging, Tanya Perdikou unpicks the addictions that have shaped her past and uncovers the connections that make recovery possible.

For #InternationalWomensDay we're shining a light on the work of Dr Alice Stewart (1906–2002), an extraordinary doctor a...
08/03/2021
We are the survivors of slow-motion epidemics

For #InternationalWomensDay we're shining a light on the work of Dr Alice Stewart (1906–2002), an extraordinary doctor and epidemiologist best known for her pioneering work on the effects of low-level radiation on the foetus in the womb.

Pioneering epidemiologist Dr Alice Stewart realised how things in our daily lives could be as deadly as any infectious disease.

Wanting to find out more about her Jamaican grandfather, Tanya Perdikou contemplated DNA testing and the potential impac...
04/03/2021
Ancestry, privacy and the family tree

Wanting to find out more about her Jamaican grandfather, Tanya Perdikou contemplated DNA testing and the potential impact of unexpected results. Read part 2 of our series #HowToBelong.

Wanting to find out more about her Jamaican grandfather, Tanya Perdikou contemplates DNA testing. But first she has to consider the potential impact of unexpected results.

The steep path isn’t the only thing Caroline Butterwick has to navigate on her Lakeland hike because, unlike most of the...
02/03/2021
A walk through other people’s expectations

The steep path isn’t the only thing Caroline Butterwick has to navigate on her Lakeland hike because, unlike most of the other walkers, Caroline is visually impaired.

The steep path isn’t the only thing Caroline Butterwick has to navigate on her Lakeland hike. Always aware of other people’s expectations, she continually monitors how her disability might seem to strangers.

If you're feeling small I'll hold you like a pebble.Tag a friend that needs to know they're not alone. Artwork: ©rubyetc...
26/02/2021

If you're feeling small I'll hold you like a pebble.

Tag a friend that needs to know they're not alone.

Artwork: ©rubyetc_ for Wellcome Collection.

If you're feeling small I'll hold you like a pebble.

Tag a friend that needs to know they're not alone.

Artwork: ©rubyetc_ for Wellcome Collection.

We all want to belong, but how do we reconcile a desire to be different with an impulse to fit in? Read part 1 of our se...
26/02/2021
Belonging and why we long for it

We all want to belong, but how do we reconcile a desire to be different with an impulse to fit in? Read part 1 of our series #HowToBelong by Tanya Perdikou.

Tanya Perdikou’s upbringing emphasised conventional respectability, but other influential family members embraced the bohemian life. Caught between two sets of values, she questions where, if anywhere, she fits in.

For many of us, this has been a year with very little physical human contact. Historian Agnese Reginaldo explores the fu...
24/02/2021
Losing touch

For many of us, this has been a year with very little physical human contact. Historian Agnese Reginaldo explores the fundamental importance of touch to human health, and the adaptations we have made to keep ourselves safe.

In these pandemic times, when touch has become taboo, Agnese Reginaldo explores the importance of physical contact to our wellbeing.

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We are part of the Wellcome Trust, which exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. We support researchers, we take on big health challenges, we campaign for better science, and we help everyone get involved with science and health research. We are a politically and financially independent foundation.

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We spoke to comedian and activist Mark Thomas about his Lockdown Check-up podcast, produced in partnership with the Wellcome Collection...
Save the tree in Euston Sq. This is happening just in front of your eyes
This was my grandmother's medical diary
Hello all, during Covid19 lockdown, I have adapted my MSc research to online format and would love for you to take part when you have some free time. *** a study into the importance of the body in the aesthetic experience.*** it’s important you do it on computer/laptop not phone, so click on link if/when ready to commit. If you would like to take part, please follow the link to the questionnaire. many thanks for your time and brainbodies, it is much appreciated.
Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? We are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in the sector. Our survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdekeCXoKtluvSF-r1Y_JXOKTMVaTZ36UB8PKlpjhWyGI3QwQ/viewform (closing date: 18th of June). We would appreciate if you could take the time to complete our survey and circulate it amongst your colleagues. This survey is part of the project Curating Expertise: Towards a Museum Forum @ King’s, with which we aim to build an interdisciplinary Museum Studies teaching and research agenda at King’s College London. We are interested in colleagues’ thoughts about the knowledges, skills and experience that museum studies graduates should possess to be employable in the sector today. We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in contributing, in one form or another, to the delivery of a London-based but globally focused new Museum Studies teaching provision. Whilst we are interested in collaborating with London-based institutions / professionals, we would be delighted to also hear from colleagues across the UK and internationally. Whilst we appreciate this is a time of uncertainty for the sector, it seems a critical moment to reflect on how we can train future generations of resilient museum professionals. If you wish to get in touch, you can reach us at [email protected] and [email protected]. Best wishes, Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) and Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI)
My latest painting is a tribute to my NHS Colleagues
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Do you have copies of the journal the Indian Rationalist edited by S.Ramanathan from Chennai,India?
< 從『政府失靈』的角度來看傳領議題 > 政府失靈的其中一項原因:『決策難免錯誤 : 政府作決策,必先收集相關資訊;但由於資訊有 限與不足,所擬定之決策易生偏頗。又,政府是 由個人組成的集合體。政府成員假藉政府之名行 個人效用最大化 ( 如貪汙、舞弊等 ),造成決策 錯誤。』(許文昌 著,元照 出版公司 p.24~p.25) 這是個向聲背實樂於趨炎附勢的主流社會, 名人論述無論對或錯都比較能引起重視,但是, 接下來引用的這一篇論述確實是正確無誤之見, 先來看這一篇獨立評論的一篇 讀者投書 『《原住民族土地及部落範圍 土地劃設辦法》因為排除適用於原住民族傳統 領域上的私有地,而激起原住民社群的劇烈反 彈。….. 政務委員張景森不惜挑撥原漢關係, 試圖藉由「製造」原住民族與漢人之間的衝突, 來壓制原住民族最基本的權利訴求。原住民族 對於傳統領域的主張,當前還只是主張「知情 同意權」的最低標準,根本尚未要求政府及墾 殖移民將所有土地歸還給原住民族,而是打落 牙齒和血吞地退讓到承認「那些當初被巧取 豪奪的土地」是合法的私有土地;換言之, 原住民族傳統領域的主張,並不影響任何 法律與契約的安定性,而只希望政府能夠將 「知情同意權」入法,讓受影響的原住民族人 朋友能夠對於在傳統領域內,對可能會嚴重 影響到原住民族生存與文化傳承的開發行為, 有表達意見的機會與管道。』 https://opinion.cw.com.tw/blog/profile/52/article/5449 中華民國政府法源位階----最下層---的,從一開始 的定位點就--預設錯誤—大玩文字遊戲之中的 模糊焦點→『公有土地』←?本島南島族群的 傳統領域是不分公有地與私有地,是以本島 而論的『殖民 ( 美其名是移民 )政府』強行 劃分切割,誤導視聽,還設了一個 -- (原) 來竟然是無法 (轉) 動的委屈大 (會) --「總統府原住民族歷史正義與轉型正義 委員會」--- !! 一個好的執政團隊,是會為人民權益著 想的政府,但是這個擺盪了兩年多的傳領議 題,卻在執政當局的決策錯誤之下,切割了 原住民族傳統領域的手腳,讓原住民族傳統 領域陷於伊于胡底的窘境,造成了主流多數 人社會,不明就裡這一派,不必要的誤解與 擔憂,甚至還有誤以為資源可能被沒收,長 期享受了漢人世界的廣大利益,卻大言不慚 的無恥之徒,好悲哀,不愧是被戲稱為鬼島 的臺灣 !! 既然『政府失靈』出現在這個傳領議 題,N次地擊傷本島南島族群的元氣, 那麼,漢文化的『鬼月』 剛過,為了 追溯 漢文化的『飲水思源』,試著以兩行文字 ,略為闡發 漢政府權力 運用在對待本島的南島語族 : 正式亂來的腐敗 / 遺留盜汗很多 // 。 未完,不續!