Presence, absence, and a pocket midwifery guide

Why remove the illustrations from a nineteenth century midwifery manual? What might this tell us about how researchers negotiate presence, absence and access in libraries, archives and collections? Rebecca Whiteley, Shreeve Fellow in the History of Medicine at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, explores a material history of absence.

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In praise of touching

Why is working with museum objects so appealing to researchers? asks Kristin D. Hussey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen.

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‘The same day repeating itself’: COVID-19, Time, and Illness Perception

Credit: Madeline Potter In this essay exploring parallels and distinctions between 'COVID-19 time' and 'tuberculosis time', Madeline Potter explores the resonances between the temporality of illness and that of lockdown, as

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Sculpting Anxious Bodies

How is the relationship between private illness and public spectacle negotiated within the context of contemporary art? Poet Alice Hill Woods and artist Emelia Kerr Beale explore how fine art practices can reshape our engagement with, and understanding of, mental health issues.

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