In the late 1890s he started forming his book and artefacts collections. He used agents from around the world to sources items and was almost obsessive in the pursuit of collection pieces. His intention was to create both a library and a museum accessible to the public, however he died in 1936 before this was realised. He left most of his estate and collections to a body of trustees, who formed the Wellcome Trust.
|Ref: AWNS-19400501-36-6, nurse preparing medicine, 1940, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
The library continued to grow and in 1979, a Contemporary Medical Archives Centre was formed to collect the archival records of important 20th-century medical organisations and individuals. The Wellcome Institute has digitised 20 archival collections relating to genetics research and biochemistry and these are now available online. Including: Francis Crick (who discovered the double helix of DNA with with James Watson), Eugenics Society of London (which shows society's change in attitudes towards birth and breeding during the 20th century) and Rosalind Franklin (an X-ray crystallographer whose photograph of a fibre of DNA was critical to the discovery of the double helix structure).
The only restrictions placed on these resources, is that for archival documents less than 100 yrs old, you will need to register for a login to view this type of information.
|Ref: AWNS-19391025-41-5, in the chemistry laboratory, Sir George Grey Special Collections|