Monthly Archives: April 2011

WUHMO 2011 Trinity Term Seminar Series

Trinity Term 2011 Seminar Series
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE
Mondays at 2pm
Disease and Changing Environments
Convener: Dr Erica Charters
Week 1 – 2 May
Bank Holiday – No Seminar
Week 2 – 9 May
Jane Webster, University of Newcastle
Air, Space and Water Enough: Perceptions of African “Hardiness” in the Eighteenth-century Slave Trade
Week 3 – 16 May
Rosemary Wall, King’s College London
Constructing Colonial Public Health Nurses: Encounters with Training, Practice and Environments in 1920s Britain, North America and Malaya
Week 4 – 23 May
Ulrich Tröhler, University of Bern
Medical History Textbooks and Review Articles too often fail to Take Account of Progress in Historical Research
Week 5 – 30 May
Bank Holiday – No Seminar
Week 6 – 6 June
Kate Marsh, University of Liverpool
‘Rights of the Individual’, Indentured Labour and Indian Workers: Medical Discourse and the Slavery Debate in the French Antilles post-1848
Week 7 – 13 June
Paul Slack, University of Oxford
Plague in Europe 1350-1750: Some Reflections
Week 8 – 20 June
Lisa Smith, University of Saskatchewan
Debility and the Limits of Health Decision-making in Eighteenth-century England and France
For details of other events please see

Bank Holiday opening hours in April and May 2011

The Wellcome Unit Library will be shut on Good Friday, Easter Monday, the Royal Wedding (29th April) and the two May Bank Holidays (2nd & 30th May). Information on arrangements in other Bodleian Libraries is below:

Please note that all Bodleian Libraries will be closed Good Friday, 22 April to Easter Sunday, 24 April.

On Easter Monday, 25 April, all Bodleian Libraries will be closed with the following exceptions:
Central Bodleian 9am-5pm
Sackler Library 9am-5pm
RSL 9am-5pm

There won’t be any book fetching service.

On Royal Wedding Bank Holiday, 29 April, and May Day Bank Holiday, 2 May, virtually all Bodleian Libraries will be open. Please note that some will have reduced opening hours and/or reduced book fetching services. To avoid disappointment, readers are advised to order material they require a few working days in advance of the Bank Holidays. See: and for details.

The HFL will be closed Friday 22 to Monday 25 April, but open as normal with term-time opening hours (9am-7pm) on Friday 29 April, Monday 2 May and Monday 30 May.

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Darwin Correspondence Project

On this site you can read and search the full texts of more than 6000 of Darwin’s letters, and find information on 9,000 more. All are being published in the complete edition of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin (F. Burkhardt et al. eds, Cambridge University Press). Available here are complete transcripts of all known letters Darwin wrote and received up to the year 1867, originally published in volumes 1 to 15 of the Correspondence.  More will be added following print publication.

Sir Francis Galton F.R.S: 1822-1911 collects online all of Galton’s original published work, including all his books, papers and other published work.  The complete, definitive biography by Karl Pearson is provided here, as are contemporary reviews of, and commentary on, Galton’s work. There is a substantial gallery of photographs and portraits of Galton, and concise overviews of his major areas of interest are provided.

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Fihrist: Oxford and Cambridge Islamic Manuscripts Catalogue Online

Fihrist was developed by the OCIMCO project and aims to improve access to the valuable Islamic texts held in the Bodleian Libraries and Cambridge University Library.

The catalogue entries in the Fihrist catalogue are quite basic at the moment as the project has focused on the retrospective conversion of existing descriptions taken from printed and card catalogues.  It will eventually provide detailed manuscript descriptions though that will include digital representations of the manuscripts themselves.

The combined holdings of Oxford and Cambridge form the second largest collection of Islamic manuscripts in the UK and are of considerable intellectual significance. Both libraries have been collecting Islamic manuscripts since the 17th century and still continue to acquire manuscripts by donation or through purchase.

There are many early and rare items with broad subject coverage including:


For information on ordering copies or to make appointments to study manuscripts in the collections see the Bodleian Libraries or Cambridge University Library web pages.