Poetry in the Archives and Library Collections
To celebrate National Poetry Day on 3rd October 2013, we have revisited our collections in search of poems.
We were pleased to find several examples, both good and bad, in our Archives and Library collections and hope the display in these cases will surprise and entertain visitors.
Featuring poems by Rudyard Kipling, Edward Jenner, Anne Hunter, Eliza Millard MacLoghlin, J.G. Francis and others we hope you will enjoy this, for the most part, light-hearted display.
The Royal College of Surgeons and Naval Surgery
In 1629 Charles I granted the Company of Barber-Surgeons the right to examine the knowledge of naval surgeons before they set sail. After the Surgeons split from the Barbers in 1750, they continued to hold special examinations for naval surgeons and surgeons’ mates.
From 1653 the Navy had a ‘Sick and Hurt Board’ responsible for the care of wounded seamen. They employed the Company of Surgeons to examine wounded sailors and verify the severity of their injuries. Admiral Nelson was amongst those examined.
Conditions do not allow us to display original material for long periods, but we exhibit our archives on special days, for temporary exhibitions, in conjunction with events in the museum or College, and for groups visiting the College.
If you would like to book an exhibition of the archive collections tailored to your group, please contact us to discuss your requirements. Tailored exhibitions cost £150 plus VAT.