Evening Workshop: Lino Carving and Rubbings

Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret

4th March 2024 | 6:00PM


For centuries, rubbings have been a traditional form of image creation, a unique way of preserving a carved surface from brass to gravestones.

Start the evening by exploring the multitude of fascinating objects and images in the museum, taking inspiration from these to draw or sketch your own motif or symbol. Next you’ll learn from Jo Elizabeth May, one of our Local Artist Ambassadors, the basics of lino carving to create your own unique carved surface, in a similar manner to traditional wood carving with alternative modern materials. Finally, you’ll experiment by taking rubbings of your carving and refining your work as you see fit.

Throughout the night, music will play to get you into the creative mood. In addition, the Apothecary Bar will be open. May we suggest to try our themed cocktail for the night? Drink tokens can be purchased at the Old Op Apothecary Shop when you arrive.

At the end of the session you’ll go home with the rubbings of your carving and your lino plate, which you can continue to use for rubbings or printmaking in the future.

All materials will be provided on the night.

This workshop takes place on Monday 4 March. Doors will open at 17:45 for a 18:00 start.

**Access is through a 52-step spiral staircase. For more information go to Access.

***All income from ticket sales go to support the collection and upkeep of the museum, a registered charity.

RCP Museum Taster Tour: Fortitude

Royal College of Physicians Museum

6th March 2024 | 1:30PM

Join an expert from the RCP archives, heritage library and museum team for an introductory tour to powerful exhibition ‘Fortitude: healthcare workers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic’.

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‘The pandemic really brought out the good in people, it seemed to illuminate our strengths and fortitude in the face of an ever-evolving virus.’ – RM, clinical microbiology fellow

In January 2021 the RCP museum created a survey to collect and record the experiences of RCP members and other healthcare professionals working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From trainee doctors and consultants to GPs and physician associates, survey respondents from over 20 medical specialties and professions described how their lives were transformed. With their permission, the RCP is privileged to share their experiences, in their own words.

These stories may be challenging to hear. They are honest and speak of suffering, chaos and exhaustion. They are also inspiring, filled with compassion, courage and joy. Some stories may contradict our own understanding of the pandemic, and others caution and urge us to learn from these experiences.

The objects, images, written accounts and recordings in the exhibition were donated to the RCP via the survey, and the quotes are taken directly from donations.

There will be a tour followed by time for questions.

‘I hope that the sharing of our experiences can help people to glean some further understanding and show some greater compassion for all those that have toiled, sacrificed and suffered in the last few years … Though it may be difficult and they may want to turn away, I hope they don’t so we can all build a deeper understanding of what so many like me have experienced in the healthcare profession.’ – YT, palliative medicine ST5 (specialty training year 5), London

Please note this exhibition contains images, descriptions and audio recordings relating to illness, death, grief and trauma.

RCP Museum Late: Women in medicine

Royal College of Physicians Museum

7th March 2024 | 5:30PM

Join us to celebrate Women’s History Month after hours. Explore the history of women in medicine at the RCP through our collections.

What early evidence can be found of women in medicine in the RCP records? Which famous doctor and suffragist campaigned for the RCP to finally accept women members? Which early female RCP member was General Medical Director for the WRNS and set up hostels to care for unmarried mothers with venereal disease? Who were the women who paved the way for female doctors, members, fellows and president’s of the RCP?

Discover these stories and many more.

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5.30pm – 8pm

  • Drop in to explore special archives on display with an expert
  • Visit exhibition ‘Fortitude: healthcare workers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic’
  • Enjoy our artwork, medical instruments and other collections on display.

6pm and 7pm

Join a specialist Women’s History Month tour featuring examples from our collections.

Regent’s Perk Café will be open for drinks throughout the evening.

Book Club: That One Patient (online)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

7th March 2024 | 7:00PM

Our Book Club is inspired by Ellen de Visser’s That One Patient, a book that explores doctors and nurses’ stories of the patient that changed everything for them. We invite you to hear tales from children and young people’s nurses about the patient they will never forget, and delve into the accounts from the book in a discussion on the way in which young people inspire and educate us all.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact us on rcn.library@rcn.org.uk or 0345 337 3368.

In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: The Future of the Nursing Workforce

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

14th March 2024 | 5:30PM

This RCN Fellows event, chaired by the Chief Nursing Officer of the World Health Organization, explores the future of nursing globally.

Ever since Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, nurses have blazed a trail in healthcare. They have pioneered improvements in practice, carried out cutting-edge research and advanced education. This event focuses on the future of the nursing workforce on a global stage. Join a panel of RCN Fellows to explore the state of the world’s nursing, how nursing jobs can be sustainably created and effectively recruited, and the ethical management of international mobility and migration.

The event will be chaired by Dr Amelia Latu Afuhaamango Tuipulotu, Chief Nursing Officer of the World Health Organization. Speakers include RCN Fellows Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty CBE, Professor Helen Allan and Dr Barbara Stilwell.

The RCN recognises innovative nurses by awarding annual Fellowships. The Roll of Honour lists almost 200 RCN Fellows who have made exceptional contributions to advancing the science and practice of nursing and improving health and patient care.

Image: Getty Images

This event is open to all and takes place online only.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact us on rcn.library@rcn.org.uk or 0345 337 3368.

Find your peaceful place: mindful drawing at the RCP

Royal College of Physicians Museum

27th March 2024 | 6:00PM

Join London Drawing at the RCP Museum for a mindful journey into minutiae in a session designed to calm the mind, encourage contemplation and channel your creativity.

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When we spoke with the healthcare workers who contributed to our ‘Fortitude’ exhibition, wellbeing activities were repeatedly mentioned as a vital component of survival. It was also important for those of us outside of healthcare. At the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, London Drawing initiated weekly online ‘Mindful drawing’ sessions in response to the world staying at home and the mental health crisis that unfolded as a result. The ‘Mindful’ sessions became, and remain, a little oasis of drawing and creative exploration.

Join us in the unique setting of the RCP for guided seated yoga, mindfulness and drawing exercises as we make space to consider the information and narratives depicted in ‘Fortitude: healthcare workers’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic’.

All welcome!

An exhibition talk from the RCP Museum team, all materials and light refreshments are included in the ticket.