A free museum and library exploring health and human experience
We publish thought-provoking books exploring health and human experiences. Our latest titles include ‘Free for All’, an urgent call to arms in defence of our NHS by bestselling author and GP, Gavin Francis.
The Wellcome Collection shop stocks unique books and gifts inspired by our collection and exhibition themes.
Finding Audrey Amiss
Archivist Elena Carter writes about finding the artist Audrey Amiss through caring for her collection, and how we understand a life in the material that is left behind. Because of its fragile nature, Audrey's archive is held in our library stores. To view items from the collection, you'll need to join the library and request the item you'd like to see.
- Long read
Primodos, paternalism and the fight to be heard
Journalist Florence Wildblood examines the case of Primodos – a conveniently quick but risky hormone pregnancy test that was prescribed in the 1960s and ’70s – and profiles two women at the story’s shocking heart.
- In pictures
A history of art in hospitals
Art historian Anne Wallentine examines art in hospital settings – from its Christian devotional origins to its healing role in modern healthcare buildings.
Equality in genetics
Genetic counsellor Sasha Henriques harnessed her energy and resolve to tackle the racial biases she saw in her profession – with positive and promising results.