Robert Winston

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  • In this film the leading scientist, medical doctor and broadcaster Professor Robert Winston explores six incredible Treasures of the British Library. He is helped and guided by the Library’s expert curators, discovering amazing facts and quirky details about each book, manuscript or object. Above all he and we enjoy the privilege of spending time with a truly unique and historic document or object. Each item taps into a different aspect of Robert’s life, career and interests. They cover subjects as diverse as skiing and theater directing, ranging from a much-loved colleague’s pioneering lab notes to a rough notebook handwritten by Beethoven. Through the six Treasures Robert gains a glimpse of the sheer scale and breadth of the British Library collection, before ending the film with his own donation to its catalogue.


  • Originally released by DCD Rights Limited, 2016.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on January 25, 2018.
  • Streaming video file.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Robert Winston: Introduction (1:36); Treasure One: Fascination (8:19); Treasure Two: Characters (7:43); Treasure Three: Surprise (3:44); Treasure Four: Role Model (7:55); Treasure Five: Path not Taken (4:00); Treasure Six: Roots (7:26); Robert Winston's Donation (2:18); Credits: Robert Winston (0:34)
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