Wellcome Collection holds one of the world’s most important collections relating to the history of human and animal health. As part of our mission to improve human health, we are committed to making these collections freely available to researchers and the wider public, both through our reading rooms and online.
Before making material available online, Wellcome Collection endeavours to check the copyright status of material. Where practical to do so, given the scale of our collection and the age of the individual works, we will try to contact rights-holders to seek permission to make copyright material available. We also carry out risk assessments to identify sensitive and/or personal data, in accordance with the Wellcome Collection Access Policy [PDF].
We are not always able to identify and trace rights-holders for our historic materials. In some cases, we may make this content available online without consent in the interests of accessibility, where we believe it will not cause damage to third parties.
All our online collections are subject to this takedown policy. If we are contacted by a potential rights-holder who objects to its presence online, we will remove the material in question from our website until we have been able to assess the case.
Where material is removed for valid reasons of Data Protection, its removal will be considered as temporary and will be restored at a date decided by an internal Wellcome review panel once its sensitivity is deemed to have subsided. Where material is removed for valid reasons of copyright, its removal will be considered as lasting until copyright in the material expires, or until the rights-holder agrees that the material can be reinstated.
To contact us about removal of material, please email our Digitisation team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to us at the following address:
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE