Papers of Professor Kaye Wellings

Scope and Content

This collection of material was principally created by Professor Kaye Wellings, Head of the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research (SEHR). The archives holds material gathered by her and colleagues within the department for evaluative research projects on AIDS public education campaigns conducted in Europe between 1983-1996, initially through the European Commission 'Concerted Action' project, 'Assessing HIV/AIDS Preventive Strategies, in partnership with the University Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP). This was expanded as part of the 'Europe Against AIDS' programme to form the 'HIV/AIDS Public Education Information Exchange'.

The collection consists of three series with the first composed of photocopied press cuttings of HIV/AIDS news coverage in the UK between 1983-1993. These cuttings were originally created by the Health Education Authority and provides a record of mainstream newspapers and periodicals along with medical professional publications. The other two series directly relate to the EC Concerted Actions project with a collection of photographic prints, postcards and other campaign material collected from HIV/AIDS public health campaigns from various European countries from 1986-1998. The final series contains 35mm mounted photographic slides organised into categories relating to HIV/AIDS and sexual health. Examples include: poster designs from European AIDS public health campaigns, along with some examples of UK AIDS press coverage; presentation slides for the 'Concerted Action' project and graphs and statistics produced for the National Survey for Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (NATSAL).

Administrative / Biographical History

Kaye Wellings is Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). She went to study social science at London University in the late sixties and after graduating she worked as a journalist for the New Society. In the early 1980s, she moved into health policy research initial at the Family Planning Association (FPA). It was this experience that led to her fascination with sexual health and led her to become Senior Research Officer at the Health Education Authority (HEA) in the late eighties. During this period, Wellings was one of the founder members of what would become the first National Survey for Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyle (NATSAL) study undertaken in the UK. The initial survey was rejected by the Conservative government at the time but later published with the help of the Wellcome Trust in 1994. She has carried on her work in this field being the principal investigator on the second (2000), and third (2010) surveys. In 1993, she joined LSHTM and has been in the institution since and is the current Head of the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research (SEHR).


The collection is composed of three series arranged within the original order that is chiefly arranged by country or subject of the material. The first series, relating to press cuttings is however arranged in a chronological order.

Access Information

This collection is open for consultation. Please contact the Archivist to arrange an appointment. All researchers must complete and sign a user registration form which signifies their agreement to abide by the archive rules. All researchers are required to provide proof of identity bearing your signature (for example, a passport or debit card) when registering. Please see website for further information at

Acquisition Information

Donated to the archives by Professor Kaye Wellings in April 2011.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Chris Olver as part of the Wellcome Trust project, 'Cataloguing and Preservation of the HIV/AIDS Collections at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine'.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Appraisal Information

Duplicate copies of photographic material were removed from the second and third series of this collection.

Custodial History

The collection of materials was previously housed in the AIDS Public Education resource centre in the Health Promotion Sciences Unit, within the Department of Public Health and Policy at LSHTM.