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.
- The RCP holds nearly 300 oil and sculptural portraits and over 5,000 prints and drawings. Find out more about the portrait and fine art collection.
- The silver collection has been used for centuries in ceremonies and for fine dining.
- The medical instrument collections give a fascinating insight into the treatment of illness in the past.
- Museum exhibitions and events are run periodically.
- You can book a guided tour of the RCP.
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