Guidance for researchers about Henry Wellcome's
collection of over one million curios, spanning centuries and
Donations and acquisitions
We understand the enthusiasm of our visitors, who often have
interesting or unusual objects they feel would make a perfect
addition to our exhibitions. Unfortunately, however, the
Wellcome Trust is no longer actively adding to its collections,
with the exception of the Wellcome Library.
If you have a book, manuscript, print,
painting, photograph or film that you think would complement the
Library’s collection, please contact the
Library by email or letter, providing details of the item you
wish to donate. The Library may also be able to advise on
where best to donate any materials that fall outside its
See full details
of the Library’s donation policy.
Objects on current public display at Wellcome
If your enquiry is about an object currently on public display
in the Wellcome Collection galleries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will be happy to provide you with as much information as we
can about the object in question.
Wellcome Library materials
If your enquiry is about a print, book, manuscript or painting
currently stored in the Wellcome Library, please email our Library
team at email@example.com or
the Library's enquiry form.
Objects collected by Henry Wellcome or the Wellcome
Unfortunately, we are unable to answer questions about the
following sets of objects:
- objects previously on display in the Wellcome Building (183
Euston Road) before 2007
- objects that were on public display at the former Wellcome
Historical Medical Museum (WHMM) or Wellcome Museum of Medical
Science (WMMS), now dissolved
- objects forming part of Sir Henry Wellcome's wider historical
collection that are not on public display at Wellcome Collection,
or that are in storage or on display in other institutions.
For objects that fall into one of these categories, we would
initially advise you to contact the
Science Museum, where many of these objects were transferred.
The Science Museum remains the permanent custodian of the vast
majority of Henry Wellcome's collection, estimated to consist of
between 1 and 2 million objects.
Library holds accession and transfer records from the former
Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (WHHM), now dissolved.
These have been catalogued and can be viewed in person in the
Wellcome Library, although researchers should be aware
that because of the sheer scale of Henry Wellcome's
collection it has not been possible to catalogue it to the object
Please note that we are unable to undertake research on behalf
of researchers or Museum Studies students; they should visit the
Wellcome Library in person to carry out research in our
the Wellcome Library's further guidance for
Objects in your possession
If you would like advice about a medical object in your
possession, it is possible to email the London Museums of Health
and Medicine, which is a network consortium of over 20 separate
London medical museums (including Wellcome Collection and the
Science Museum), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They may be able to pool together advice from across several