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.
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.
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’.
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