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Grand Staircase

The present home of the College was built at No. 9 Queen Street to a design by Thomas Hamilton and completed in 1848. Carefully restored, the temple-like grandeur of the entrance hall and staircase is much as Hamilton, also the architect of the Burns Monument on Calton Hill, saw it. Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine, is above the entrance to the hall.

Grand Staircase c.1900


The Cullen Room

This is part of No. 8 Queen Street, which is the oldest building on Queen Street and one of the oldest in the whole of the Edinburgh's New Town. It was designed in the 1770s by Robert Adam, the influential Scottish architect who was also responsible for the university’s Old College buildings, and Register House.

The Great Hall

Distinguished figures from medicine’s illustrious past line the Great Hall. Figures such as Galen, Hippocrates and Avicenna, from the golden ages of Greek and Arabic medical thinking, can be seen on the Hall’s south frieze.

The Great Hall c.1900

This image shows the Great Hall filled with plants, including ferns. This was during a period of so-called fern fever (also known as Pteridomania). Fern collecting was a hugely popular pastime and was even rumoured to enhance virility and improve mental health.