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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.

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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

John Tomes (1815-1895)

On 21 March 2015 we celebrate 200 years since the birth of John Tomes, a significant figure in the history of dentistry.

The facsimile display that can currently be viewed in the College Library display cases celebrates Tomes’ major achievements.  These include turning dentistry from a trade requiring no qualifications or training, into the profession we recognise today. We also look briefly at Tomes major publication and his designs for dental instruments and furniture.


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