Author Archives: Leila Sellers

Decolonising the Archive: Roads to Africa

For the second in our Decolonising the Archive series – we are re-examining Roads to Africa, a film documenting a 1936 field trip to East Africa, by the entomologist Major H.S. Leeson and his then assistant David Gillett. The men were in East Africa to conduct research into malaria, and Leeson would go on to make a significant … Continue reading

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Decolonising the Archive: the Carpenter Diary

Within the LSHTM archives we have begun to re-examine the way we work, the stories we tell and the role we can play in promoting different versions of history. This has been inspired by the ongoing work of Lioba Hirsch, … Continue reading

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A Very Persistent Woman

International Women’s day, on 8 March, feels like the perfect opportunity to celebrate the ‘persistent’ spirit of Lady Mary Simpson, one of history’s lesser known figures. Lady Mary Simpson was the wife of Sir William Simpson, an expert in tropical … Continue reading

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Love in the time of Sleeping Sickness

There’s happiness in love                Peter mine that will raise our souls above,      Peter mine, Hearts together we will roam through long ages yet to come Finding nature Truth our own.      Peter mine! This fulsome expression of love was written … Continue reading

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. To mark the occasion we are shining a light on the life and work of Alice Ball. Ball was one of three women – along with Florence Nightingale and … Continue reading

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