Video archive

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'.

Professor Deborah Harkness, 'The Renaissance library and the worldview of John Dee'

The extraordinary story of the library of Renaissance polymath John Dee is told by Deborah Harkness, professor of history at the University of Southern California. 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'.

English delftware apothecary jars

Short talks by Victor Hoffbrand, Alan Humphries, and Henry Oakeley, authors of English Delftware Apothecary Jars and Their Contents: The Victor Hoffbrand Collection. This collection of apothecary jars – used for storing medicines and their ingredients – comprises 183 items, dating from the 1640s to 1745. It can be seen at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

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