Video archive

“You do very much better if you forget it [being a woman in medicine], and just get on with the job"

In this extract from a 1994 oral history interview with Sir Christopher Booth, Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick discusses her upbringing, her decision to study medicine, and her ultimate election as president of the Royal College of Physicians. She also recalls meetings with Kenneth Clarke and Margaret Thatcher over the introduction of the Internal Market System in Medicine. Towards the end of the video Turner-Warwick also raises the issue of specialists and generalists within medicine, and how the RCP places itself in this debate.

Ceaseless motion: William Harvey's experiments in circulation

'Ceaseless motion: William Harvey's experiments in circulation' is an exhibition coinciding with the Royal College of Physicians' 500th anniversary. It explores the life, work and legacy of revolutionary anatomist William Harvey – the physician who revealed the secrets of circulation.

The exhibition is open Monday–Friday, from 19 January to 26 July 2018.

A Quincunx for Sir Thomas Browne

This film was part of the 2017 exhibition, 'A cabinet of rarities': the curious collections of Sir Thomas Browne' exploring RCP physician, philosopher, collector and polymath Thomas Browne’s curious approach to the world through his writing and collection. Browne (1605–1682) saw the extraordinary in the ordinary, and introduced over 700 new words to the English language, while inspiring literary greats such as Virginia Woolf and Edgar Allan Poe. His collection reveals a fascinating perspective on 17th-century scientific and medical research.

A visit to the Royal College of Physicians

As well as being a membership body for physicians across the globe, setting higher standards of clinical practice, and supporting the education of tomorrow's doctors, the RCP is open to the members of the public wishing to explore our Grade I listed building, medical museum, exhibitions and medicinal garden.

Back to the future with John Dee

Bill Sherman, head of research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, explores the Renaissance polymath John Dee's prophetic view of the world, and his representation in modern art and culture. This talk was recorded at the event 'Inside Dee's miraculous mind' held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, on Monday 9 May 2016 to accompany the 2016 exhibition 'Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee'.

Curating Dee – behind the scenes of 'Scholar, courtier, magician'

Katie Birkwood, rare books and special collections librarian, shares an insight into John Dee's miraculous mind. This talk was recorded at the event 'Inside Dee's miraculous mind' held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, on Monday 9 May 2016 to accompany the 2016 exhibition 'Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee'.

Deborah Harkness, Katie Birkwood and Bill Sherman in conversation about John Dee's miraculous mind

Deborah Harkness, professor of history at the University of Southern California; Katie Birkwood, the Royal College of Physicians rare books and special collections librarian; and Bill Sherman, head of research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, discuss the life, interests, work and reputation of the Tudor mathematician, astrologer and mystic John Dee. This session was recorded at the event 'Inside Dee's miraculous mind' held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, on Monday 9 May 2016 to accompany the 2016 exhibition 'Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee'.