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Professor Tilli Tansey presents at the Society of Apothecaries

Tuesday June 23rd

Professor Tilli Tansey presents the Sir Hans Sloane Lecture to the Society of Apothecaries at Apothecaries’ Hall on 25th June. The lecture is entitled ‘Sir Henry Wellcome – A Sloane of our times’.  The lecture is being held to coincide with the Bicentenary of the Apothecaries’ Act, which marked the start of medical professionalism. 

Professor Amanda Vickery on BBC2

Friday June 19th

Professor Amanda Vickery presents La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas on BBC 2 on Saturday 20th June. Prof Vickery and Radio 3 presenter Tom Service reveal the extraordinary story behind the opera's first night in London and its scandalous heroine, the courtesan Violetta Valéry, whose dramatic life and tragic death were based on real-life characters and events.

Professor Amanda Vickery on Woman's Hour

Friday June 12th

Professor Amanda Vickery discusses La Traviata on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour. La Traviata is one of the most popular operas, its arias instantly recognisable and a production staple for opera houses across the world. Yet at its London premiere in 1856, La Traviata was denounced for bringing ‘the poetry of the brothel’ to the stage and unleashing uncomfortable truths upon Victorian society. Ahead of her new show for BBC 2, ‘La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas’ Prof Vickery discussed the opera and its origins.

Wellcome Witness Seminar on Human Gene Mapping

Tuesday June 9th

A new volume of Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine on Human Gene Mapping Workshops c.1973-c.1991 is freely available to download. This Witness Seminar discusses the scientific origins of gene mapping and emergence of the Human Gene Mapping Workshops (HGMW). From HGM1 in Yale (1973) to HGM11 in London (1991), key scientists, based principally in the UK, share memories of participating in these workshops and reflect on the historical importance of the HGMW in contemporary biomedicine.  

Dr Robert Saunders on BBC Breakfast news

Monday June 8th

Dr Robert Saunders appeared on BBC Breakfast news to discuss the EU referendum. The coming referendum will be the second time that the British public have been called upon to vote on the UK's participation in Europe. Forty years ago 67 per cent of British voters said yes to the question "Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?" Dr Saunders looks back at the archive to see if any lessons can be learned. 

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