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Welcome to the RCP archive and museum catalogue
Search our collections to uncover a wealth of information on the history of medicine and the RCP:
  • Near complete records of the RCP's activities for 500 years
  • Manuscripts and personal papers of eminent physicians
  • 300 oil and sculptural portraits of physicians and over 5,000 prints and drawings
  • Silver and decorative art collection
  • Rare medical instruments and artefacts

This catalogue describes the historical and contemporary documents and objects held in the Royal College of Physicians archives and museum. As products of their time periods, some contain images and language which are inappropriate and offensive. We preserve these documents and objects for research, and we acknowledge that they do not all represent the RCP’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Some of the language used to describe the items in this catalogue is inappropriate and offensive. We are currently undertaking an ongoing project to review the terms used in descriptions. We welcome the input of everyone who uses our library, archive and museum. If you wish to raise concerns about any descriptions, please email us.
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