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Researchers are asked to look at the online catalogue (Surgicat) before contacting us to make an appointment. But the archivists are happy to help with any queries about the collections. If you cannot find what you are looking for on the catalogue, please email us.

Current Exhibitions

We regularly exhibit reproductions of items from the archive collections in the display cases in the Royal College of Surgeons of England Library, and in the display cases on the ground floor by the Council Room and Committee Rooms 2 and 3.

Exhibition details

 War Art and Surgery


The facsimile display that can currently be viewed in the College Library focuses on surgery in the First World War.

The display looks at how surgeons responded to the unprecedented challenge of treating injuries caused by new  weaponry of the first fully mechanised war. On show are a variety of photographs, vivid illustrations, and patient case notes, including some treated by Sir Harold Gillies, that highlight emergency surgery in the field, wounds of the First World War and reconstructive surgery.

 The College in Print


Currently on display on the ground floor of the College are facsimiles from the archives relating to the theme of ‘The College in Print’. 

These explore depictions of the College in literature and magazines – and it’s not always complimentary. 

Items on display include some beautiful 19th century drawings of fossilised wood; photographs of staff (some in some rather unusual poses!) and buildings; and some scathing, witty 19th critiques of the College from ‘the Lancet’.

Archives opening hours

Monday 9.30am-5.30pm

Tuesday 9.30am-5.30pm

Wednesday 9.30am-5.30pm

Thursday 9.30am-5.30pm

Friday 9.30am-5.30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

Contact details

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

Map and directions

Tel: 020 7869 6555