Silas Mainville Burroughs: the missing story.
Wellcome, Henry S
Burroughs, Silas Mainville
Goodwin, L. G
Burroughs Wellcome and Company
An overview of the life and work of Silas Mainville Burroughs (1847-1895), pharmacist and co-founder of the Burroughs Wellcome pharmaceutical company. Based on the Burroughs family papers formerly in the possession of Richard and Joan Stillwell, of Finchampstead, Berks., now held in the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine, London. Much of the image content of the programme is taken directly from letters, journals, photographs, memorabilia and artefacts in the Burroughs archive.
Sir Roger Gibbs of the Wellcome Trust introduces the film and briefly outlines how Henry Wellcome and Silas Burroughs met and formed their business. He also says that whilst Henry Wellcome's biography has been well documented and discussed, Silas Burroughs' has not. Len Goodwin, of the Wellcome Trust Film Unit, introduces Richard and Joan Stillwell, his neighbours. Richard Stillwell is the grandson of Silas Burroughs. Richard and Joan discuss their family and show Silas Burroughs' notebooks and belongings, which the family have kept since he died.
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Len Goodwin narrates Burroughs' life story, including his move from America to England, his pharmaceutical career and his travels around the world. His notebooks from his travels are used to give an indication of his personality.
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Extracts from Burroughs' notebooks are read out, including ideas for pharmaceutical packaging, examples of his devout Christianity, examples of his 'taste for the ladies', including Indian and Australian women, and indications that he was becoming irritated with business partner Henry Wellcome. Burroughs then marries and settles in England. Joan Stillwell talks about Burroughs' children. Postcards to his family from his travels are shown.
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The Burroughs Wellcome company prospered. Burroughs' work ethics and political ideals are described. He was a well-known writer and also composed a comic opera. He is described as liberal for his time, and was a supporter of women's and workers' rights. Burroughs and Wellcome began to quarrel. Their personalities are described as very different. Burroughs death from pneumonia in Monte Carlo is described. The division of his estate is described. The narrator remarks that his staff were very fond of him and erected a memorial to him.
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Written by Drs. L.G. and Marie Goodwin. Produced and Directed by Dr. Max Blythe (Oxford Brookes Univ.) and Dr. L.G. Goodwin. Introduced by Sir Roger Gibbs (Wellcome Trust). Narrated by Dr. L.G. Goodwin.