Regent's Park London
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Museum

Since the early sixteenth century, the College has acquired a magnificent collection of books, manuscripts, portraits and other artefacts which are showcased throughout the building.  Our museum collections are the product of centuries of gift-giving by RCP fellows and members.  Our portraits, silver and medical instrument collections are displayed throughout our headquarters in Regent’s Park.

  • The Dorchester Library has more than 30 000 printed books and pamphlets and there is a fine collection of over 100 books that date from the earliest days of printing in the late fifteenth century.
  • The Silver Room, displays dozens of rare items, such as a diamond donated by Catherine the Great of Russia; and the College’s mace, made to the same design as the mace in the House of Commons of the British Parliament.
  • William Harvey (1578-1657) discoverer of the circulation of blood, donated his own library and collections to the College in 1656 creating the Musaeum Harveianum – possibly the earliest named ‘museum’ in England.

Historical group tours can be tailor-made for delegates or guests. The Museum and Archives team can also research and select specific treasures to act as a theme or focal point for your event. 

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