Archives and Women’s Knowledge

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Photograph showing visitors examining archive material displayed on a table.
Viewing Room event, David Sandison. Source: Wellcome Collection. CC BY-NC.

Thank you very much for your interest in ‘Archives and Women’s Knowledge’ as part of Daylighting at Wellcome Collection. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone this event. Further details including the date of the event will be announced soon and priority booking will be available for those with tickets to the event that was due to take place on Friday 19 October. There are still several events taking place as part of the Daylighting programme and we hope you can join us for some of them. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we very much hope you will be able to make the rescheduled date.

What you’ll do

Join Wellcome Collection archivists and librarians as they share specially selected materials from our collections. View images and read texts that highlight the ways that women are included, excluded, catalogued and classified.

You can then listen and ask questions at a panel discussion about systems of classification and how we can rethink the archives we have inherited.

This event is part of Daylighting, a four-day programme of events to challenge archives, change narratives and amplify new voices.

About your speakers

Photograph of Elena Carter

Elena Carter

Elena Carter is an archivist at Wellcome Library, with an interest in how archives represent / exclude certain voices, narratives and histories. Most recently, she has been working on collections which evoke the experiences of mental health or offer insight into how art is used in various medical contexts.

Photograph of Arike Oke

Arike Oke

Arike Oke’s role at Wellcome is to collect unique and distinctive material and voices, helping to balance the collections, challenge existing narratives and inspire new ideas.

Photograph of Loesja Vigour

Loesja Vigour


Loesja Vigour is a Librarian who spends her time cataloguing and instagramming books for Wellcome Collection. She is interested in seeking new and diverse audiences for the collections by engaging them with unique, beautiful and thought-provoking content.

Photograph of Nicola Cook

Nicola Cook


Nicola Cook is a Librarian, and is interested in diversifying the voices and perspectives of health in our library collection. When she’s not cataloguing, she can be found discussing curious cures in the Reading Room or trawling the web for new zines.