Open House London

Royal College of Physicians Museum

5th September 2021 | 11:00AM



On Sunday 5 September the RCP are taking part in Open House, the world’s largest architectural festival. This year, while our building remains closed, our events are once again online.


You could join us for a live guided virtual architectural tour of the RCP’s striking Regent’s Park building. Or join our curator Lowri Jones for a lunchtime talk about our current exhibition RCP Unseen exploring many of the hidden treasures housed in purpose-built areas of our Grade I listed property. All our events, as with all of the Open House festival, are free to attend.

Take a look below to find out more about how you can enjoy the day and book to take part.

‘A building, a body’: a virtual architectural tour of the RCP

In 1958 architect Denys Lasdun won the commission to design the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) a new home. A modern home that would demonstrate the RCP’s new commitment to improving public health. A building that would reflect the institution’s 500-year history and create purposefully designed spaces in which to care for its archives, rare books and historic collections. Lasdun was faced with an enormous challenge: his modernist building must reflect both the RCP’s forward-thinking attitude and its centuries of history. Lasdun was interested in the life his buildings would contain and strove to provide his client not with what they wanted but with what they ‘never dreamed [they] wanted’.

Join us for a virtual exploration of the modernist masterpiece Lasdun designed, discover how Lasdun fulfilled the RCP’s contradictory brief, and how the spaces he created continue to care for its occupants and its history.

There are two live virtual tours available on Sunday 5 September at 11am and 3pm:

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RCP Unseen: curator talk

12:30-1:15pm

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been collecting objects, works of art, recorded interviews, rare books and documents for over 500 years.

Housed in purpose-built areas of our Grade I listed property at the edge of Regent’s Park our vast collections work hard behind the scenes, informing current research projects, enriching RCP ceremonies and reaching international audiences through events and exhibitions. Fragile objects are conserved to ensure the safekeeping of the RCP’s unique legacy.

Explore the history of medicine like you’ve never seen it before through these unseen riches and hear Lowri’s personal insights into the objects chosen.

Come and delve into our collections to discover never-seen-before curiosities, and discover previously hidden stories from the history of medicine and beyond.

This is a live virtual event.

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Nursing a Pandemic: Newly Registered Nurses

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

9th September 2021 | 5:30PM



Join us for the 8th event in our series recording the nursing experience of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

Newly Registered Nurses

In the 8th event in this series, we will look at how newly registered nurses have found the COVID-19 pandemic. Some stepped up to complete their nursing degrees on paid placements, providing essential support during the public health emergency. Others had to quickly adapt to the changes in their new career, and the effects these shifts had on their lives and their friends and relatives. What has COVID-19 been like for those just starting out on their nursing journey?

The interviewers are Kendal Moran and Jessica Sainsbury, co-leads of the RCN Newly Registered Nurses Network. You can connect with the Network on Twitter @RCNNRN and Facebook @RCNNewlyRegisteredNurses.

Interviewees:

  • Kayte Powell is a critical care nurse in Wales
  • Lily Wolday is a paediatric acute general medical nurse in London. She registered in December 2020.
  • Daniel Branch is a learning disability nurse in North-West England, registered in September 2020.

 

We are living in historic times. Since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic in 11 March 2020, nursing staff have performed a huge range of vital roles in the COVID-19 response in the UK and beyond. Now is the time to go beyond the “clap for carers” and better understand what life during the pandemic has been like for nursing staff in different situations and contexts. From first responders and nursing leaders to staff working in care homes and the nursing students who stepped up from their degrees to support the NHS, this series marks the ongoing impact of the pandemic on nursing and nurses.

Each virtual event takes the form of live interviews with nursing and healthcare staff and students, followed by a Q&A. The interviews will be recorded and added to the RCN archive, making sure these experiences are recorded for posterity.

This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance.

Read the full terms and conditions for our events here.

Join the RCN’s UK-wide Fair Pay For Nursing campaign



Online Pharmacy History Explorer Course

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

10th September 2021 | 12:00AM


FACULTY OF THE HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE & PHARMACY & THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF PHARMACY

Pharmacy History Explorer Course 2021

Join us for an exploration of pharmacy history from the perspectives of patients, controlled substances, and wider histories. With a range of international speakers, delegates can access pre- recorded online lectures at their own pace during September and October, and take part in live Zoom discussions with the speakers during November.

Please click here for programme and application form.



Nursing a Pandemic: Learning Disability Nursing

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

23rd September 2021 | 5:30PM



Join us for the 9th event in our series recording the nursing experience of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

Learning Disability Nursing

In the 9th event in this series, we will look at learning disability nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning disability nurses provide specialist support to people with learning disabilities and their families and carers, in community centres, hospitals and people’s homes. What has the pandemic been like for them and their clients?

The interviewer is Jonathan Beebee, RCN Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing. You can connect with the RCN Learning Disability Forum here.

Interviewees:

Steve Hardy is a Practice Development Nurse at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Lynette Kennedy is a clinical nurse specialist working in the community in Camden, North London

Mark Topps worked as a care home manager for people with learning disabilities during the first waves of the pandemic, supporting staff and clients through this challenging time

Each virtual event takes the form of live interviews with nursing and healthcare staff and students, followed by a Q&A. The interviews will be recorded and added to the RCN archive, making sure these experiences are recorded for posterity.

This event is open to all, and will take place online. Please sign up to attend and the link to join will be circulated in advance.

Read the full terms and conditions for our events here.

Join the RCN’s UK-wide Fair Pay For Nursing campaign



The Sydney Selwyn 2021

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

29th September 2021 | 6:00PM


Lecture information – click here

Dr Lotte Elton, Winner of the Sydney Selwyn Prize 2021

Dr Deniz Kaya, “Highly Commended” for the Sydney Selwyn

6pm – 7.15pm Lecture
Members – £5.00
Non-Members – £10.00
Students free (email facultyhp@apothecaries.org)

Lecture & supper (optional) including wine and soft drinks
Full rate – £40
Students – £15

Faculty Members – click here
Non Faculty Members – click here