Unlocking the Medieval Medicine Cabinet – POSTPONED

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

1st June 2020 | 6:00PM

The Sydenham Lecture will be delivered by Dr Freya Harrison, a microbiologist working in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick.

The lecture is open to the public and members.

ENDELL STREET: Nursing in WWI’s unique women-run hospital (virtual event)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

3rd June 2020 | 5:30PM

When war broke out in 1914 hundreds of nurses went to France with the British Army while many more worked in military hospitals at home. A small team joined Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson – doctors, suffragettes and life partners – in a volunteer medical unit bound for Paris. There they ran a hospital in a luxury hotel which was so successful they were asked by the British Army to run a second hospital in Boulogne. And then – in May 1915 – they were invited to run a major military hospital in the heart of London.


Endell Street was unique. It was the only hospital within the British Army to be run and staffed by women – all the doctors, nurses and orderlies were female apart from a dozen or so male helpers. The women of Endell Street treated 26,000 wounded and after the war the hospital remained open to treat victims of the Spanish flu. Endell Street became renowned as the most popular hospital in the First World War – but it was not plain sailing. Wendy Moore, author of the new book ENDELL STREET: The Trailblazing Women who ran World War One’s Most Remarkable Military Hospital (published as No Man’s Land in the United States) reveals the ups and downs of life in this pioneering medical venture.

Please register to attend, and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the talk. All tickets must be booked individually.

Museum Lates at the Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians Museum

4th June 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



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

Hidden Lives, Untold Stories: Nurses Beyond Nightingale (online event)

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

30th June 2020 | 5:30PM

Two hundred years after Florence Nightingale’s birth, most people recognise only a small number of nurses in history. Yet nurses have made huge contributions to healthcare history, from nursing in wartime, to mental health, and workhouses; while their roles include publishing, nursing professors, chief nursing officers, and local community district nursing. Today, the vital role of nurses in the COVID-19 Pandemic is widely acknowledged, yet individuals are rarely recognised.

Join us to hear from a group of nurses and historians who wrote the 27 new entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, published this year. From Annie Altschul, pioneer of mental health nursing, to Lisbeth Hockey, the first ever professor of nursing, find out how these nurses inspired and influenced the authors.