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Thousands of images and centuries of medicine, science, society and culture

Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.

If you want information about using our images, you can find it under Services.

All our images are available digitally. Search online or email us.

Historical Collections

The historical collections contain photographs of Wellcome-owned material either from the Library, or of objects that have been passed to other organisations. It also includes images of material from other collections for which Wellcome has funded digitisation projects.

Contemporary Collections

Our contemporary collections contain images of biomedical science and clinical medicine. Here you will find images of clinical conditions, disease cells, medical equipment and healthcare environments, as well as illustrations and more conceptual artworks which explore health and disease.

The biomedical collection contains images relating to human and animal health, contributed by scientists, illustrators, photographers and artists around the world. All artistic media and imaging techniques can be found here, from light microscopy, electron microscopy and functional MRI to hand-drawn illustration, 3D-printing and sculpture.

The clinical collection consists of photographs, X-rays, MRI and other medical imaging techniques. It covers the categories of disease in the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases directory. The images come mainly from UK teaching hospitals and independent clinical photographers and illustrators.

Because of the sensitivity of some of the clinical photographs, online access to a part of the collection is restricted to healthcare professionals, medical educators and students and clinical researchers.

At this time, as we are changing how the image library works, we are not granting access to the restricted clinical collection to new users.

We are also not accepting new images into the overall collections.

Wellcome Images Awards

Wellcome Image Awards are Wellcome's most eye-catching celebration of science, medicine and life. The winning images are chosen by a panel of experts and go on display at leading science centres and public galleries around the world.

At this time, Wellcome is reviewing the successes and future development of the Wellcome Image Awards. More information on this will follow later this year. In the meantime, to find out more about the current Wellcome Image Awards visit the website.

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