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Collections Highlights, Events & Displays

We regularly feature unusual items in the College Bulletin, showcase interesting collections, and promote our holdings through events and displays.

We regularly exhibit reproductions of items from the archive collections in the display cases in the Royal College of Surgeons of England Library, and in the display cases on the ground floor by the Council Room and Committee Rooms 2 and 3.

Highlights from the Collection

In this section you can explore highlights from our collections, learn about our current Collections Review Project and browse through the material we’ve showcased recently.

We often feature collections on Twitter @HunterianLondon, where you can keep up with our news, events and displays.

Current Displays

Anatomy as Art

Our Archive collections are rich with artistic illustrations depicting human anatomy.

Currently on the ground floor of the College is a facsimile display which intends to showcase just a few excellent examples of these.

Previous Displays

Conserve Our Collections

Encapsulating over 200 years of advances in surgery, the archives contain a diverse range of institutional and personal records. The collections include correspondence, lecture notes, photographs, minutes and much more.

Unfortunately some of these papers have either not been cared for in the past, suffered damage or were produced using poor quality materials. Donations help us to conserve and preserve these valuable and unique papers for everyone to see.

Click here to view a carefully selected list of items in need of your support


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 by emailing to discuss your requirements. Tailored exhibitions cost £150 plus VAT.

View the College events calendar

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