The Wellcome is one of the world's major resources for the study of medical history. On 20th January 2014, over 100,000 images from the historical holdings of the world-renowned Wellcome Library were made freely available through the Wellcome Images website. They were released under the Creative Commons-Attribution only (CC-BY 4.0) licence and they can be downloaded directly from the Wellcome Images website for any personal or commercial use. Visit the Wellcome Images site OUR CONTENT FROM THE WELLCOME LIBRARY

The Philosophy of Beards (1854)

Eccentric Victorian book arguing a strong case for the universal wearing of a beard – that essential symbol of manly distinction since ancient times….more

Swedish House-Gymnastics (1913)

These wonderful photographs, which make such innovative use of multiple exposure, are from a 1913 book by Theodor Bergquist, Director of the Swedish Gymnastic Insti…more

The Steps of Life

Selection of images illustrating on the idea that one’s life can be thought of as divisible into distinct stages….more

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