As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Kate Jarman, archivist at Barts Health NHS Trust, writing about women medical pioneers at Bart’s Hospital in London.
The short life and remarkable achievements of Helen Prideaux shed life on how medical women established a place for themselves in Victorian Britain.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson is probably the most famous 19th century pioneering medical woman. She gained her licence to practice medicine in 1865, and numerous documents testify to her life and work.
The RCP museum houses two portraits by Mary Beale, one of the first English women to make her living as a painter.
Dr Kristin Hussey, lead curator of the RCP's upcoming exhibition 'This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine', discusses what its highlights are, the pieces that shocked her, and the importance of highlighting the history of women in medicine.
Two museum studies students from the University of Leicester have spent the summer helping us research unaccessioned objects in the RCP museum.
Our latest curator’s curiosity is a one of the books by the ancient author Galen, translated by the RCP’s first president, Thomas Linacre, and published the year after the RCP was founded.
A poisonous antimony cup, once used by quack healers, is the latest RCP500 curator’s curiosity.
Louise Thandiwe Wilson spent 3 months at the RCP museum on a student placement, working on audience research and audience engagement. She has written about her time working here.