The Archives and Manuscripts Collection holds many journals and letters written by all manner of practitioners of medicine about their travels. The descriptions are are wide ranging, including:
- journeys of exploration
- touring holidays
- and the experiences of naval surgeons.
Most corners of the globe are covered: from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and from the East to West Indies. Most of the material relating to travel dates from the 18th through the 20th century, generally in diary or journal form.
These collections range in size from single items to large personal or organisational archives.
Read more about featured collections
Mr Pigot, an 18th century naval surgeon
The journal kept by Pigot on his passage from Bengal, India to England, travelling through Persia, Arabia and Turkey, 1757-1759. Full catalogue description of the journal.
Tales of a travelling doctor
Archivist Elena Carter writes about the travels of Dr Melville Douglas Mackenzie in his work as a public health doctor for international bodies such as the League of Nations. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Norway in archives and manuscripts
Archivist Lesley Hall finds out what's in the archives and manuscripts about Norway. From the Wellcome Library blog.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to exploration, tourism and medical travels around the world.
These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue, where specific items may be requested from closed stores for viewing in the Library.
Africa: East Africa
Africa: Southern Africa
Africa: West Africa
America: Central America
America: North America
America: South America
Near and Middle East
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
To contact the Collections team, email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.