Unfamiliar

A mysterious pink object in focus

Unfamiliar

A new look at the Royal College of Physicians’ collections

23 January - 28 July 2023


Our new exhibition, ‘Unfamiliar’, opens 23 January 2023 at RCP Regent’s Park.

The RCP museum is delighted to introduce photographer Theo Deproost and physician associate Debbie Jegede. Together, Theo and Debbie identified objects from within the depths of our museum stores which intrigue, surprise and delight them. Debbie’s clinical curiosity and Theo’s creative eye bring together the worlds of medicine and art, as they reinterpret items from our medical and fine art collections. The stunning results are displayed in the exhibition, alongside the original objects to highlight their hidden richness and beauty.


Theo’s photographs offer new, altered perspectives that challenge our understanding and impression of supposedly inert museum objects. Theo and Debbie invite us to approach these objects and images with a curious mind, to experience them in unexpected ways, and reinterpret them through the lens of our own experiences.

Explore the exhibition as part of your visit to the museum Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm - plan your visit.


Watch the making of the exhibition with Theo and Debbie


Unfamiliar online

See a selection of the exhibits from the physical exhibition held at the Royal College of Physicians from 23 January until 28 July 2023.


Exhibition events

Join us for a series of in person, online and hybrid events to accompany our new exhibition, Unfamiliar.

Upcoming events

  • Tuesday 24 January, exhibition launch
  • Wednesday 8 February, Museum Late
  • Thursday 2 March, Museum Late
  • Tuesday 14 March, Virtual exhibition talk - a curator's view 
  • Thursday 6 April, Museum Late
  • Thursday 4 May, Museum Late
  • Thursday 1 June, Museum Late
  • Wednesday 14 June, Photography workshop with Theo Deproost
  • Thursday 6 July, Museum Late

Support us

If you enjoyed the exhibition, please consider supporting us. Every donation helps us to keep providing you with exciting events and fascinating online content.

To donate, visit the RCP’s donation page. Select the ‘other’ option to support the ‘Heritage Museum’ with a suggested £5 donation or however much you feel able to give.