Glass prism, triangular in cross-section, held lengthwise in a stand.
Glass prism possibly belonging to Sir Isaac Newton

To celebrate the opening online of our brand new exhibition RCP Unseen join us for a fascinating virtual evening with members of the museum, archive and library teams who made this exhibition possible.  

Enjoy a virtual tour of the display exploring some of our never-seen-before curiosities revealing previously hidden stories from the history of medicine and beyond, and discover more about the objects and themes from the exhibition's curators. 

Plus - have a burning question about the museum collections? Always wondered what rare books we have in our library? Or do you want to understand how we archive over 500 years of RCP history? As part of the evening we have a panel from across the museum, library and archive teams ready to answer all of your questions.

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Advertising graphic showing the words RCP Unseen online from January 2021: the history of medicine like you've never seen it before.

RCP Unseen

The history of medicine like you've never seen it before.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been collecting objects, works of art, recorded interviews, rare books and documents for over 500 years.

Our vast collections work hard behind the scenes, informing current research projects, enriching RCP ceremonies and reaching international audiences through events and exhibitions. Fragile objects are conserved to ensure the safekeeping of the RCP's unique legacy.

In this exhibition, we are delighted to display some of our unseen riches for the very first time. Delve into our collections to discover never-seen-before curiosities, and explore previously hidden stories from the history of medicine and beyond...

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