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Please Note: As of 1st January 2014, the charge for family history research is now £50 per name searched.

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.

Sir Percivall Pott and Sir James Paget

To celebrate the 300th birthday of Sir Percival Pott (1714-1788) and the 200th birthday of Sir James Paget (1814-1899) we have selected some items from our Library and Archives collections for display in the Library.

Sir Percivall Pott was born in London on 6th January 1714 in London. He was apprenticed to a surgeon and trained at St Bartholemew’s Hospital. In 1736 he became a member of the Company of Barber Surgeons and by 1749 he was a surgeon at St Barts. Pott identified many different diseases, and was an expert in the treatment of fractures, having suffered one himself. He was a popular lecturer, wrote many books on surgery and became Master of the Company of Surgeons in 1765.

Sir James Paget was born 200 years ago, on 11 January 1814, in Great Yarmouth. After an apprenticeship to a GP he became a student at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Paget became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1836 and a Fellow in 1843. He worked at St Barts museum and also on pathology at the Hunterian museum. His Lectures on Surgical Pathology, published in 1853, helped to secure his fame as Britain’s leading pathologist and physiologist. In 1877 Paget became Sergeant-Surgeon to the Queen –the head of the Royal family’s medical staff. His surgical practice grew into one of the largest in London. He discovered several diseases which are named after him and made some practical advances in surgery. He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1875.


Quacks and Cures

This display looks at some of the less regulated medical treatments represented in our archives, from household ‘recipe’ books of cures for common ailments to suspected practices of ‘quackery’ targeted by the College and the wider orthodox medical community.

Exhibition details

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