Museum Lates at the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

6th August 2020 | 5:30PM



Visit the Royal College of Physicians Museum after hours FREE until 8pm on the first Thursday of the month. Explore exhibitions, art, medical objects and more than 500 years of history at England’s oldest medical college.

Discover collections, featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Dame Elisabeth Frink, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ designed by acclaimed architect Sir Denys Lasdun. See free temporary exhibitions from our award-winning team, and join a curator-led introduction to the displays.

Changing activities and workshops run each month, click here to check the Royal College of Physicians website for more details.

Exhibition and collection introductions by the curator take place throughout the evening.

Highlights of any visit include:

  • priceless portraits and silver displayed throughout the building
  • medical rarities such as the Symons collection of self-care instruments and medical apparatus, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical tools from the era of the English Civil War
  • a remarkable set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • a changing programme of acclaimed temporary exhibitions
  • a free audio visual guide to the building and permanent displays

Forthcoming Museum Lates in 2020:

  • Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Thursday 2 April 2020
  • Thursday 7 May 2020
  • Thursday 4 June 2020
  • Thursday 2 July 2020
  • Thursday 6 August 2020
  • Thursday 3 September 2020
  • Thursday 1 October 2020
  • Thursday 5 November 2020
  • Thursday 3 December 2020

Tickets:

Free

To make an optional reservation click here to visit the booking website



Emblems of Resilience: Nurses, ‘Spanish Influenza’ and lessons for Covid-19 (virtual event)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

11th August 2020 | 5:30PM



The image of the nurse as ‘invincible healer’ acted as calming device for whole populations during the 1918/19 flu pandemic. British nurses donned uniforms and veils, and presented themselves as both military heroines and self-sacrificing angels. Evidence from media such as newspapers, journals, novels and film indicate that people were genuinely moved by these powerful exemplars of hope and civic duty, and were thus enabled to practise a form of collective resilience.

Yet, the calm, cool and courageous image of the early-twentieth-century nurse belied the pressure she was under, and many nurses became severely traumatised as a result of their wartime experiences. These talks will explore not only the mirage of safety and control presented by nurses, but also the toll this mask of resilience took upon the human being behind it. Beyond this, it will examine the extent to which nurses were enabled to recover from the trauma they experienced, and what we can learn from this regarding the impact of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.

This event explores new research by speakers Christine Hallett, Olivia Gordon and Amanda Gwinnup (University of Huddersfield), with reflections on contemporary experiences by historian and healthcare assistant Kelly Swaby.