Best Of London, Secret | By: N Quentin Woolf

Londonist Out Loud: A Library For The Mad?

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Londonist Out Loud is presented and produced by N Quentin Woolf.

This week N Quentin Woolf is joined by Dr Simon Chaplin, director of culture and society at the Wellcome Trust, where the renowned library has been refurbished and transformed into a place not just for serious science but for furthering the trust's mission of engaging the public. In his former role as Head of the Wellcome Library, Simon oversaw the physical and digital transformation of this great medical history resource into one of the world's most innovative libraries.


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HHGeek

Good interview. I'd argue that these days "scientists" in the public eye tend to be better communicators than "artists". You'd rarely catch someone going off on one about a lack of familiarity with atomic structure (or similar), which isn't far off basic knowledge; compare & contrast with Stoppard's recent griping about audiences' lack of familiarity with *a* character in *a* play. The scientists usually accept that not everyone's informed or knowledgeable about their fields, and start from that basis.

I should mention alongside this that one of the beauties (for me) of Londonist is a more pro-STEM outlook than many other sites. I don't know if this is courtesy of M@'s background, or something wider across the team. But it's appreciated, whatever the cause. :)