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.

Epidemic Encephalitis in the Archive

Kate McAlly discusses her historical approach to a collection of letters written in the 1930s by a patient to her doctor about her chronic illness, epidemic encephalitis. Thinking through how to ethically engage with this material, Mcally analyses the concepts of experience, encounter, exclusion and emotion, and their roles in archival research.