The museum and archive collections of The Royal College of Surgeons can be searched via SurgiCat, our online catalogue. SurgiCat contains information and images about the objects and specimens in the museum and archive collections.
- We have been improving the catalogue records for current objects. From 2009 we added records and images for our collections of medals, drug jars and silver, and expanded the catalogue of our paintings and prints.
- Our long-term project, in association with the Faculty of Dental Surgery, to recatalogue our Odontological Collections is now complete. There are over 11,000 specimens now available online. Visit our Collections page to find out more about the College's holdings.
- We still add objects and specimens to the collection in line with our acquisitions policy.
The Hunterian Museum and BAPRAS (the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) have launched a joint project to catalogue the Anthony Wallace Archive. The archive contains instruments, drawings and photographs relating to the history of plastic surgery. View a list of objects from the archive.
To help researchers looking for information about the museum collections (past and present), we are compiling finding aids for the museum archives, most of which are not yet listed on Surgicat.
- List of archives relating to excavated human remains, mostly from the UK, sent to the RCS museums before 1960 (PDF, 230k).
- List of museum letters, 1800-1850, in date and name order (PDFs, 600k)
- List of museum letters, 1858-1907, in date and name order (PDFs, 1.5MB)
- List of museum letters, 1907-1979, in date and name order (PDFs, 5MB)
- Supplementary list of museum letters, 1880s-1970s, in date and name order (PDFs, 200k)
RCS Collections achieve Designated Status
In February 2013 the Arts Council England awarded Designated Status to the Hunterian Museum, Library and Archives held by the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The Designation Scheme benefits England's cultural heritage by identifying nationally significant cultural assets in museums, libraries and archives, and building strong understanding of our shared heritage. Through the Designation scheme, Arts Council England seeks to guard against the neglect or disposal of the nation's treasures.
Hepworth returns following conservation
After two months of hard work by conservator Laura Homer, Concourse (2) by Dame Barbara Hepworth is now restored to its former glory.
To view the detailed report on the restoration, view before and after images and see more about the artist and her work please visit our page dedicated to this project: Dame Barbara Hepworth Appeal
This project was made possible by the generous support of Royal College of Surgeons friends and donors. Find out how you can help the Royal College of Surgeons' work.