‘A taste of one’s own medicine’: exhibition launch

Royal College of Physicians Museum

4th May 2022 | 6:00PM

Join us to celebrate the launch of our exciting new exhibition exploring the ridiculed and the reviled in the Royal College of Physicians’ satirical print collection.

Be among the first to explore the exhibition, hear senior curator Lowri Jones’ introduction and enjoy a fantastic talk from former curator of the Punch Collection, Amanda-Jane Doran:

The Art of Laughter: the development of caricature and satirical drawing in Britain

The art of cartooning is a curiously British one; we all love Matt’s daily, pithy gags and Peter Brooke’s beautifully composed and coloured takes on the political scene. But did you realise that this art form began in ancient cultures and among revered Italian master painters? Using highlights from the RCP’s own collection and other timeless cartoons, Amanda-Jane Doran will trace the eccentric beginnings of this complex yet familiar and hard-hitting graphic tradition.

Timing and tickets

Drinks will be served from 6pm, speeches from 6.30pm in the Dorchester Library, followed by Q&A.

This event is hybrid; you can purchase a ticket to join us in person, or to tune in online for the speeches and to take part in the Q&A.

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All proceeds from this event will go to support the work of the RCP archive, heritage library and museum. A discount is available for Art Pass holders.

This event is supported by the Art Fund.

Royal College of Physicians Museum Late – May

Royal College of Physicians Museum

5th May 2022 | 5:30PM

Explore brand-new exhibition, ‘A taste of one’s own medicine: medical satire at the Royal College of Physicians’ and hear from the curatorial team after hours at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Museum Late.

Be among the first to visit new exhibition, ‘A taste of one’s own medicine: medical satire at the Royal College of Physicians’ after it opens on 3 May.

Graphic satire has been popular for centuries. The RCP cares for a unique collection of medical satire prints from the mid-18th century to the 1980s, donated to us by doctors and members over our 500-year history.

In the past, as today, satirical images were closely tied to a particular time and place. They responded to contemporary events and were viewed by audiences who understood the circumstances of their creation, meaning they can now be difficult understand.

From stereotypes of doctors to caricatures of individuals, satirical depictions of treatments to scathing attacks on the RCP, join us in ‘A taste of one’s own medicine’ as we explore the complex and intriguing meanings behind the satirical prints in the RCP’s collection.

As part of the evening you will have a chance at 6pm and 7pm to enjoy a curator’s introduction to the exhibition – come and explore the ridiculed and the reviled in the RCP’s satirical print collection.

Tickets are free but pre-booking is essential.

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“The largest and best”: A symposium to mark the 350th anniversary of the Society of Apothecaries’ laboratories

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

6th May 2022 | 9:30AM


A joint meeting between
Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy &
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

2022 sees the 350th anniversary of the opening of a laboratory at Apothecaries’ Hall for manufacturing chemical medicines and one hundred years since its closure. With its creation rooted in the burgeoning popularity of chemical medicines and the ongoing disputes with the College of Physicians, it expanded during the eighteenth century to be a major supplier of medicines to the Navy and East India Company. In the nineteenth century, under the direction of William Brande, Henry Hennell and Robert Warington, all Fellows of the Royal Society, new directions of research and consultancy developed, whilst the Society of Apothecaries struggled to reconcile its new role as a medical licensing corporation with that of a wholesale drug manufacturer.

Full programme and poster competition details – click here

Members – click here to book
Non-Members & SHAC Members – click here to book

Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & Webmaster

In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: Nursing and Politics

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

12th May 2022 | 5:00PM

Join a panel of nursing experts chaired by the WHO’s Jim Campbell to find out why we all need to think more about nursing and politics.

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: all with the aim of developing patient care. All of these changes, however, have occurred in the context of wider shifts in policy and political challenges. What has this meant for nursing and its innovators?

This event, hosted by Jim Campbell of the World Health Organisation (WHO), is the third in a series highlighting significant contributions to nursing. We will hear from a panel of RCN Fellows – David Benton, Jane Salvage and Neslyn Watson-Druée – about the past, present and future of nursing and politics, and why nurses and the public should engage with the political context of healthcare.

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.

A History of Learning Disability: Exhibition Launch

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

18th May 2022 | 5:00PM

Join us for the launch of our new exhibition on the history of learning disability nursing, in person and online.

In person only from 5pm – 6pm at the Royal College of Nursing for refreshments and a chance to look round our new exhibition on the history of learning disability nursing.

Talks from 6pm (in person and online): Hear from Steve Walden and Owen Barden about what we can learn from the experiences of people with learning disabilities in the past, and Bob Gates on the more recent history of learning disability nursing. Gavin Harding will tell us about his life and achievements as the first person with a learning disability to get an MBE and his work at NHS England with Sarah Wright, and Sarah Leigh will explain why hospital passports are essential, speaking from personal experience seeking support for her son, who has a severe learning disability.