Wellcome Images provides a huge archives of more than 100,000 high resolution photographs, ephemera, maps, paintings and drawings. The company has now made a major announcement:
We have some very important news to announce. As of today, all historical images that are out of copyright and held by Wellcome Images are being made freely available under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. This means that they can be used and manipulated freely, for commercial or personal purposes, so long as the original source is acknowledged. High-resolution files from the historical collections can now be downloaded directly from the Wellcome Images website.
The historical collections offer a rich body of historical images, including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography, and advertisements. We have over 100,000 images ranging from ancient medical manuscripts to etchings by artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Francisco Goya, which are now freely available.
The earliest item is a 3000-year-old Egyptian prescription on papyrus, and treasures include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts and anatomical drawings, ranging from delicate 16th-century fugitive sheets, whose hinged paper flaps reveal hidden viscera, to Paolo Mascagni’s vibrantly coloured etching of an ‘exploded’ torso.
We are delighted to make our growing archive of historical images freely available to all and provide the mechanism for direct access to them. We hope that users, both personal and commercial, take full advantage of the material available.
Our specialist team of researchers at Wellcome Images are available to advise and assist with sourcing and searching for images, and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Why not try it out now? Just search for your favourite images, click on ‘Download hi-res images’ and follow the instructions.
The Wellcome Images are available at wellcomeimages.org.
My thanks to newsletter reader Stephen Lally for telling me about this great resource.