The College is proud to hold one of the largest medical history collections in the world and we work to share this heritage worldwide.

Our Collections

We hold over 70,000 books, including a copy of the first edition of the first book printed on medicine - the De Medicina of Celsus, published in 1478 -  and almost 1500 journals, some of which are particularly rare.  We also hold over 400 externally deposited manuscript collections concerning eminent scientists such as Joseph Black and William Cullen.

As well as preserving these collections, we make them available to our members and to the public through our free exhibitions, digitisation projects and a range of events. If you'd like to support the work which we do, you can do so via our fundraising appeal.