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About the Archives

We are the guardians of The Royal College of Surgeons of England's historical papers. We preserve and provide access to the College's institutional archives as well as over 600 collections of deposited papers. You can learn more about our holdings.

We are accessible to researchers and answer internal and external enquiries relating to the records in our custody. Our collections are searchable via our online catalogue.

We regularly host displays and exhibitions in the College, including short term displays of original material for visiting groups or to support lectures.

Archives opening hours

Monday - Friday: 9:30am-5:30pm, by appointment only

Weekends and Bank Holidays: Closed

How to find us

The Archives are based within the Royal College of Surgeons building, which is centrally located in London. View map and directions.

Appointments and enquiries

To make an appointment, please contact us via the details below.

Tel: 020 7869 6555

Postal enquiries should be addressed to:

The Archivist
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields