Volunteers' Week 2024

This Volunteers' Week we celebrate the amazing contributions volunteers make to the RCP Museum, Heritage Library and Archives. 

Physicians at the Palace

The RCP is thrilled to announce that a loan of objects related to notable 17th and 18th century royal physicians are now on display at Kensington Palace as part of their exhibition, Untold Lives: A Palace at Work. The loan is an exciting opportunity to share RCP collections and the history of physicians with a new and broad audience. 

Elizabeth Douglas
Illustration of the head of an orangutan, which looks very human in appearance.

‘The best description of the Oran Ooutan’: Daniel Beeckman’s Voyage to Borneo

Daniel Beeckman’s A voyage to and from the island of Borneo in the East-Indies (1718) reveals how natural history, British colonialism and medical institutions were intertwined in the 18th century, as well as having a direct connection to George Edwards, an important figure in RCP history and the earliest European depiction of an orangutan. The heritage library purchased the book in 2023 through generous support from the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Friends of the National Libraries.

Indexing the RCP annals

‘He marvelled how the president could be so saucy’: index to the RCP’s first century of Comitia meetings now available