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Conserve our Collections

Our precious collections may not always be seen but are never forgotten

The College boasts not only the fine displays in the Hunterian Museum but also impressive archive, book and object collections that, due to their size, cannot all be on public display.

For over ten years, people generously supported our Adopt a Book scheme. We have now opened the doors to all of our heritage collections and would like to give you the opportunity to help us to conserve them.

As a registered charity, the College relies upon the support of our friends and donors to achieve our aim of advancing surgical standards in patient care. Crucially important to this is our responsibility to protect and conserve historical surgical literature and artefacts. This is made possible through the activities of the College Library, Museums and Archives departments. This work provides a national resource from which the public and surgeons can draw upon to aid academic research and as teaching aids.

This extensive and outstanding primary resource, with some items dating back to the 15th century, requires care and attention in order to preserve it for future generations.

The collections have been divided into three areas: Archives, Books, and Objects and Specimens. This will give you an opportunity to select an item from an area that you would like to see restored to its former glory.

Click image to find out the story behind the Conserve our Collections bookmark - available to buy from the Library


What do I do now?

Step 1: Choose an item from one of the three areas: Archives, Books or Objects and Specimens. Don't worry if you can't choose, your gift will go wherever it's needed most.

Step 2: View the listed items, and read about them to see what they look like, find out what work needs to be done and how much it will cost to achieve it.

Step 3: Complete the online form to contact our fundraising team directly OR download a donation form, complete it and return it freepost to the College.





What do you get for your donation?


Gold donor (£500+)

Silver donor (£150-£499) Bronze donor (£50-149)
Certificate Yes Yes Yes
Annual Newsletter Yes Yes Yes
Name on online register (optional) Yes Yes Yes
Bookplate in book, mention on label if displayed or in catalogue Yes Yes -
Invitation to annual event Yes Yes -
Curator/archivist or librarian tour of museum, archives or library Yes - -
Private view invitation to exhibitions Yes - -

The Development Office, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE, t: 020 7869 6086

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