Monday, April 12, 2010

HoS Micropost: On-Line History of Medicine Museum

Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/12 at 10:25 PM

The Science Museum has recently launched an impressive site dedicated to the history of medicine, Brought to Life. The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Wellcome Library also contributed a number of images from their collections. According to the about page, the site is aimed first at teachers and students at both the secondary and university levels. It also hopes to reach the interested public:

‘Brought to Life’, is a website provided by the Science Museum, London. It offers access to images of thousands of fascinating objects from the Museum’s great medical collections. The site also incorporates detailed descriptions, introductions to major themes in the history of medicine and engaging multimedia.

This site is not only a valuable resource for teachers and students working on the history of medicine, and related subjects, in schools and universities. It also engages people of all ages and interests in the story of medicine.

The home page is nicely laid out with a navigation banner giving access to each of the major areas of the site and pointing to four areas they want to highlight—currently,

The home page for the new Brought to Life website (Source: Brought to Life)

The site is organized into four major areas (as well as a general timeline):

The “astrology” page in the Techniques & Technologies section

Each page is nicely laid out with an illustration, a description, external links, a glossary, and a bibliography. A convenient set of drop-down menus allow you to navigate the section from each page. They really have done a good job making the site usable and thorough.

In all, there are 4,000 images from the collections organized into 16 different themes spanning the history of medicine. The images are all available for download under a creative commons policy. If you have any interest in the history of medicine, the site offers a great way to squander an hour or so just browsing.

Tags: materia medica, medicine, museums, on-line exhibtions