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Conserve our Collections Event, 2018

03 Aug 2018

Nicola Extance-Vaughan

On the 6th July we welcomed over 35 guests to our annual Conserve our Collections event. This year it was held at the London Metropolitan Archives, due to the ongoing building work at the RCS site. It was an opportunity to promote the scheme and allow guests to view items that are not normally available for public view.

As part of the evening, Thalia Knight gave a comprehensive presentation on the decant work that had taken place within the Library, Archives and Museums which was vital for the ongoing transformation of the RCS Barry Building which is due to reopen in 2021.

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This year our guest speaker was Dr Druin Burch, a physician and author whose titles include ‘Digging up the Dead’ and ‘Taking the Medicine’. He talked about “The Life of Sir Astley Cooper”. Afterwards, guests were able to see a selection of items including from the College’s collections included:

Collections staff were on hand to answer guests’ questions about the items on display, with lively discussions enjoyed by both sides.

Conserve Our Collections 2018, 4We would like to thank everyone who supports the Conserve our Collections scheme and helps make this important conservation work possible. Since the scheme launched in 2013, over £31,000 has been raised, allowing us to conserve 56 items form our Library, Museum and Archive collections.

Find out more information about the scheme and how you could help.

Nicola Extance-Vaughan, Legacy, Appeals and Office Manager

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