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About the Archives

The Archives reading room (the College Library) is closed to researchers and visitors from Monday 1 August to Friday 2 September. We will reopen on Monday 5 September at 9.30 am. This has been done for the purposes of allowing staff to work on the maintenance of collections.

We will still answer emails and enquiries as normal but are unable to undertake in-depth research on behalf of enquirers. We can make appointments for researchers wishing to come in from Monday 5 September onwards. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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.

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