Museum Late: Catch your breath
Royal College of Physicians
Christy Ducker


Museum Late

Discover our collections, featuring everything from artworks by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence and Dame Elisabeth Frink, to scarce anatomical preparations and extraordinary medical instruments, all housed in a grade 1 listed ‘modernist masterpiece’ designed by acclaimed architect Sir Denys Lasdun. See free temporary exhibitions from our award winning team, and join a curator-led tour.

On Thursday 4 July, visit the new exhibition 'Catch your breath' and join a free guided tour. Researchers from our exhibition partner, Life of Breath will also be facilitating drop-in workshops in the 2nd floor Library reading room. 

At our next Museum Late we'll be exploring breathing and poetry with writer-in-residence and poet, Christy Ducker from the Life of Breath project team. Book a free place and drop in to any or all of her mini poetry workshops throughout the evening:


5.30-6pm Let in the Air, poetry workshop - explores the language of breath and breathlessness.

6-6.30pm Exhibition tour, Catch your breath

6.50-7.20pm Making the Invisible Visible, poetry showcase - a showcase of poetry and short film screening about breath and respiratory health.

7.20-8pm Catch Your Breath, poetry workshop - write in response to the exhibition and think about breath and respiratory health in new ways ideas from around the world.

Workshops take place in the library reading room. Suitable for all abilities.

Book free tickets and drop in to one or all the above!

Explore our collections on display around the building:

  • priceless portraits and silver displayed throughout the building
  • medical rarities such as the Symons collection of self-care instruments and medical apparatus, the Hoffbrand collection of apothecary jars and the Prujean chest of surgical tools from the era of the English Civil War
  • a remarkable set of 17th-century human remains, providing a fascinating insight into dissection and discovery in anatomy
  • regular displays from our archive and rare books collections
  • a changing programme of acclaimed temporary exhibitions