medical history

16th century view of the brain

Special Collections have just lent a 16th century painting to the Wellcome Trust for an exhibition all about the Brain. The painting shows the human nervous system and is one of a set of 12 anatomical tables commissioned by the surgeon and author John Banister (c 1540-c… Read More ›

Lords of the Flies

A newspaper article on the Natural History Museum’s forensic entomologists on their role in solving murders revealed that the Museum holds the Ruxton maggots, vital evidence in one of the most celebrated murder cases of the 20th century that convicted… Read More ›

Stars of the Show

We are asked fairly regularly if items from Special Collections can be used in television programmes. Recently, the BBC filmed some of the beautiful 18th century red chalk drawings and engravings that William Hunter commissioned for his great work The… Read More ›