Technology, Techniques, and Technicians at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) c.1960-c.2000
‘…when we started we did mouth pipetting and we pipetted lots of things which were quite dangerous…I think we were all brought up to be extremely careful what we did and latterly we relied on other people to take care of us. I’m not sure that’s quite such a healthy thing.’
Mr Jonathan Marsh
With an introduction by Dr Jim Smith, the last Director of the NIMR at Mill Hill, this Witness Seminar looks at the work of the technicians who supported the scientific research at the Institute in the latter half of the twentieth century. The participants, many of whom spent some, or all, of their careers at the NIMR, discuss topics such as innovations and achievements, techniques and technology, health and safety, social life, and the changing attitudes towards research and funding.
Overy C and Tansey E M. (eds) (2016)
Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, vol. 59. London: Queen Mary University of London.
ISBN 978 1 91019 5161
‘Nowadays everything has to be milestones and targets, but there is definitely a place for freedom and it does work. Maybe not everywhere, but I think Mill Hill had it … One could do almost anything.’
Dr Andrew Pinder