Beautiful bodies: archives uncovered
6pm - 7:30pm
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, NW1 4LE

Why would a new mother drink powdered crystal? How can you map the nervous system using skin rashes? What state were Samuel Johnson’s testicles in when he died?

Discover extraordinary documents that reveal possible answers to these questions and shed light on our understanding of the human body over the centuries. To celebrate Explore Your Archive week, the RCP is inviting you to encounter first-hand some of our spectacular archives. The records on display will feature images and ideas of the insides of our bodies, coinciding with the current exhibition, Under the skin – anatomy, art and identity. Medical doctors will guide us through the documents and reveal how modern practice compares with that of the past.

Please note: In order for attendees to best view the documents, the event format will be a standing talk, but chairs and folding stools will be available if required.

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6pm:       Arrival and refreshments

6.15pm:  Welcome and exploration of the RCP archives led by clinicians and experts.

7pm:       'Under the skin' exhibition viewing and RCP Museum

7.30pm:  Close


Explore Your Archive is about celebrating local and national heritage and the rich diversity and interconnectedness of local, regional and national documentary heritage. The campaign encourages partnerships and collaboration and can be adopted and adapted to suit specific anniversaries or commemorations at any time of the year. This year partners will programme special events between 23 November - 1 December 2019.