About this event

  • Date and time Thu 8 Jun 2023 from 3:00pm to 12:00pm
  • Location Buckfast Abbey
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Buckfast Abbey, in Devon, dates from 1018 but was dissolved in 1539 and rebuilt by monks between 1907 and 1938. A conference centre now forms part of the complex. Find out more about Buckfast Abbey.

Join us for a three-day visit, staying at Northgate House Hotel on the conference site, for a series of talks on medical history and other topics, delivered in the adjoining centre.

Included in the visit are talks, luncheons and dinners, a ride on the historic Dartmouth Steam Railway and ferry across the river at Dartmouth for supper, and a musical evening in the Benedictine Buckfast Abbey.

Read the programme here.

Directions to the Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre.

Please book accommodation separately; rooms are reserved at Northgate House Hotel (per room, B&B: £89 for double occupancy / £79 single). To book, email: accommodation@buckfast.org.uk and quote History of Medicine. Ample parking is available. Other local accommodation is available if preferred.

Menus for dinners at Northgate Hotel (Thursday), the restaurant in Dartmouth (Friday) and the conference centre (Saturday) will be circulated in advance and require pre-booking, noting dietary requirements please. Drinks and tips not included.

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Thursday 8 June 2023

Welcome tea and coffee

Refreshments will be available in the Dart View 1 function room in the Conference Centre

Introduction and Devon and its Medicine

Christopher Gardner-Thorpe will introduce the programme and deliver a paper on 'Devon and its Medicine'

Dinner at the Northgate Hotel

Please order and pay for your own drinks

Friday 9 June 2023

Conference Centre Dart View 1 Room
Possi & Bossi - are gynaecologists particularly at risk of assassination?

Professor Sean Hughes and Dr Mike Collins

Detective cameras

Dr Richard Lansdown

Tea and coffee break
Dr Henry Graves Bull (1818-1885) Physician, Naturalist & Philanthropist

Dr Henry Connor

Buffet lunch in the conference centre
Coach to Paigton Railway

Coach will depart promptly from outside the conference centre

Depart Paignton Station on the historic Steam Railway

You may like to explore Kingswear then take the 5 minute passenger ferry over to Dartmouth. There is a regular service but waiting times vary.

Dinner at Kendricks Restaurant in Dartmouth

29 Fairfax Place TQ6 9AB

One street back from the quay side close to the ferry landing site

Please order and pay for your own drinks

Coach pick up to return to the hotel
Saturday 10 June 2023

Conference Centre Dart View 1 Room
The family of Oscar Wilde

Dr Mike Collins

A tale of two physicians

Dr Anjna Harrar

Tea and coffee break
The legend of the Lady of the Lake

Professor Rosalie David

The doctors page

Professor David Radstone

Buffet lunch in the conference centre
Socialising and free time

Socialise with other delegates or visit one of the many local attractions

Dinner at the Northgate Hotel

2 course dinner

Concert at Benedictine Buckfast Abbey

Alvington Singers musical concert performing an eclectic range of works spanning the 16th-21st centuries

Sunday 11 June 2023

High mass in the Abbey with music


Buckfast Abbey

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on 25 May 2023. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


  • The agenda is subject to change at any time 
  • If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenters and RSM discretion. 
  • All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 
  • This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.