Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine & Press release 2019-2020

Monday 7th October 2019

The ‘Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy’ celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year with a host of extra events, I have included a press release from the President, Ms Briony Hudson with words from our Master, Professor Michael Farthing.


Press release FacHP 60th anniversary_7.10.19

Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & Webmaster

The College of Optometrists – Eye-Opener afternoons

Friday 24th May 2019

The British Optical Association Museum at the College of Optometrists is opening its doors this summer for a series of three experimental ‘Eye Openers’. Usually only available to view on a guided tour by prior appointment, the museum will instead be open during these events for walk-in visits from 2pm-5pm, as part of a plan to attract a more diverse range of visitors. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to explain the exhibits and answer questions. The experiment begins on Tuesday 4 June and will be repeated on 2 July and 6 August. During the first ‘Eye Opener’ event the museum will be presented by Cubitts Ltd with ‘A Frame for London’, a transparent plastic spectacle frame incorporating old items scavenged during a River Thames Mudlarking expedition in 2018. Visit the museum website.

A Frame for London

A Frame for London

New audio guide at The Royal London Hospital

Friday 19th January 2018

The Royal London Hospital Museum has launched a free audio guide ‘I am Human – a walking tour of the Royal London Hospital’

I am Human publicity banner

‘I am Human’ retells the story of the hospital’s most famous resident, Joseph Merrick ‘The Elephant Man’, through the eyes of Merrick himself. Based on sources held in the hospital’s archives, the audio guide brings 1880s Whitechapel to life as told by Merrick, the illustrious surgeon Sir Frederick Treves, the resourceful young matron Eva Luckes and a medical student training at the College.

The guide was produced by the museum in collaboration with Queen Mary’s University of London’s English Department and was made possible through funding from the University’s Centre for Public Engagement.


Join the new volunteer team at the Royal College of Physicians

Monday 15th January 2018


The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) museum is establishing a new team of volunteers to help support our work during the RCP’s 500th anniversary year.

The role

As a volunteer you will contribute to the museum’s exciting 2018 programme, which includes talks, exhibition launches, late museum openings and special events. The programme is designed for the museum’s diverse audience, covering history, art, architecture and the RCP medicinal garden. The RCP also takes part in annual city-wide events including Open House London, Open Garden Squares and Open City.

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic people to help deliver our public events programme. A passion for history, museums or medicine would be an advantage; previous experience of volunteering in a front of house or visitor experience capacity would be beneficial but is not essential. Knowledge of medicine or the RCP is not required.

Training will be offered to all new volunteers, to familiarise them with the RCP building and museum collections.

What you will be doing

  • welcoming and registering guests at museum events
  • providing information about the museum collections and the public events programme
  • invigilating the exhibition and museum display spaces
  • ensuring the safety and security of museum objects, archives and rare books that are on display
  • answering inquiries or directing visitors to museum staff
  • assisting with Q&A sessions at events
  • distributing multimedia guides to visitors
  • distributing audience feedback forms.

The role includes volunteering at evening and occasional weekend events, all at the RCP building in Regent’s Park. Travel expenses within London will be reimbursed (a maximum limit will apply).

Successful applicants are expected to volunteer at one event per month, for a minimum of 3 months.

What we can offer you

  • free refreshments while volunteering
  • free lunch (if working 6 hours or more)
  • on-site use of the RCP libraries
  • free tickets for RCP events
  • opportunity to attend LAMS (Library, Archive and Museum Services) department external visits
  • training opportunities in relevant fields
  • opportunity to attend the RCP summer fun day and Christmas volunteers receptions
  • CV advice and support.

How to apply

For more information see the RCP volunteering website. To request an application form, contact Natalie Craven, public programmes officer:

The deadline for applications is Monday 29 January 2018, 10am.

Please note: there is no guarantee of paid employment at the RCP museum following this role.

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