Dissertation Inspiration Workshops

  • Free
  • Workshop
People looking at books in the Wellcome Collection viewing room.
Dissertation Workshop, Michael Bowles. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you’ll do

Join our collections specialists for an introduction to research at Wellcome Collection. In these afternoon sessions, you’ll receive a general introduction to our collections, followed by an opportunity to discover and handle a selection of material relevant to your research.

There will be time for you to ask questions related to your specific areas of interest. Bring your laptop or other device if you'd like to explore the collections online.

Because we will have original material on display we ask that you leave your pens, coats, bags and other personal belongings in the cloakroom on the ground floor.

Who can come

Our sessions are primarily intended for postgraduate students, although we welcome the attendance of final-year undergraduates too.




Monday 17 February 2020

  • Workshop

Viewing Room

This session will focus on the period 1100–1500 and you’ll encounter material such as manuscript volumes and very early printed books. The session will explore how medieval people understood their own lives and their ideas about contagious illness, disability, magic and the natural world. You'll have a chance to chat to both a collections specialist and our poet-in-residence, who has written poems responding to Wellcome's medieval collections.

Wednesday 19 February 2020

  • Workshop
Moving Image and Sound

Viewing Room

This session will focus on our audiovisual collections. You’ll encounter digitised video and audio material and you’ll see and hear how moving image and sound have framed discourses about health.

Friday 21 February 2020

  • Workshop
Nineteenth Century

Viewing Room

This session will introduce you to a selection from the vast range of 19th-century material in Wellcome Collection, including doctors’ notebooks, public health reports, caricature prints and photographs. You’ll have the chance to talk to a collections specialist about the material and its potential for your own research.

Monday 24 February 2020

  • Workshop
Early Modern

Viewing Room

This session will focus on the period 1500–1800. You'll be able to engage with manuscripts, printed books and visual materials from around the world.

Wednesday 26 February 2020

  • Workshop
Twentieth Century

Viewing Room

This session will focus on the period 1900–2000 with particular emphasis on asylums, ethical encounters and issues of sensitivity during this period. You will be able to explore a range of material including unpublished archives and printed material.

Friday 28 February 2020

  • Workshop
Twenty-First Century

Viewing Room

This session will focus on material from 2000 to the present day. You’ll encounter material from our collections such as zines, artists’ books and other visual materials.

Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

First come, first served

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee a place on the day. Doors usually open 15 minutes before an event starts and we advise arriving before the scheduled start time to claim a place. We hold some spaces for people with access requirements. If you have any access requests or requirements, email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 020 7611 2222.

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