Out of house meeting to Worcester


Tuesday 22 May 2018
to Thursday 24 May 2018

3 day

Venue Diglis House Hotel
Diglis House Hotel
Severn Street
Organised by

History of Medicine Society



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about this event

Worcester was the home of Dr John Wall, who founded the Worcester Porcelain Company and Worcester Royal Infirmary in the eighteenth century. Wall was known for promoting the nearby Malvern as a spa town and introducing the ‘Water Cure’.

Other local famous faces include Sir Edward Elgar, English composer and Charles Hastingsmedical surgeon and a founder of the British Medical Association

The History of Medicine invites you to take a tour of Worcester on a two day outing, covering a range of important historical locations.


We will be visiting Worcester Cathedral and cathedral library for a tour, where there is an extensive collection of early medical books. Other attractions nearby include the Commandery Civil War Museum and the Tudor House Museum, which you will have plenty of time to explore.  

We will make a stop at the Worcester Royal Infirmary and Council Chamber, where Charles Hastings formed the Provincial Medical Society; later becoming the British Medical Association. The old Infirmary is now part of Worcester University and houses the Charles Hastings Medical Museum.

You'll also visit the Elgar Birthplace Museum and Great Malvern Priory, with a coach tour of the houses associated with the Malvern Water Cure and Edward Elgar.

arrival time

Delegates are advised to arrive on the evening of Monday 21 May 2018.
Worcester arrival: Tuesday 22 May 2018 (Evening)
Worcester departure: Thursday 24 May (Lunchtime)


We have chosen the Diglis House Hotel which is adjacent to the River and Cathedral in a quiet part of town. 

We have a reservation of rooms for members to book directly with the hotel. You can contact Diglis House Hotel on 01905 353518. Note: the rooms will be reserved for us up until a month before and then released for general sale.  


Tuesday will conclude with an optional dinner at the hotel - the menu of which can be found below. To book your place, please email history@rsm.ac.uk to let us know your preferred menu options and any specific dietary requirements.


1) Plum Tomato & Sweet Basil Soup (Served with Homemade Bread
2) Goats Cheese & Red Onion Tart (Dressed Mixed Leaves)
3) Smooth Duck & Chicken Liver Pate (Red Onion Chutney, Malted Wheat Toast)
1) Free Range Chicken Supreme, Stuffed with Sun Dried Tomato (Served with Roast Potatoes, Thyme Gravy and Seasonal Vegetables)
2) Shredded Ham Hock, With Mustard Gravy, Pureed Potato & Seasonal Vegetables
3) Red Onion and Field Mushroom Risotto Finished with Parmesan Butter
1) Strawberry Cheesecake (Fresh Fruit Coulis)
2) Valrhona Milk Chocolate Mousse (Chilled Vanilla Custard)
3) Apple & Blackberry Crumble (Diary Ice Cream)

Registration includes:

Guided tour of Cathedral and donation to Cathedral Library
Admission to The Commandery and group tour
Old Worcester Royal Infirmary lecture
Elgar's birthplace museum
Coach hire for day 2 and 3
Donation to Malvern Priory

Please note that the programme is subject to change

*Following registration you will be contacted appropriately by email with; your booking confirmation, feedback survey and attendance certificate. For full details of the RSM privacy policy, click here


Tuesday 22 May 2018

Diglis House Hotel William Leader Room

9.00 am

Introduction to Worcester

Mr Andrew Sadler

9.30 am

Dr John Wall and the Worcester Royal Porcelain

Dr John Harcup


All sites a short walk from the hotel

10.30 am

Guided tour of Worcester Cathedral and Cathedral Library

Please note: Visit to the Cathedral Library involves steep stairs

1.00 pm


Not included in registration (delegates to source own lunch)

2.30 pm

Museum visit to The Commandery

7.00 pm

Evening dinner at Diglis House Hotel (William Leader room; drinks not included with the meal)

For those pre-booked only - please state your meal choice within comments when registering)

Wednesday 23 May 2018

10.00 am

Coach set off from hotel

10.30 am

Old Worcester Royal Infirmary and Charles Hastings Museum

Dr John Harcup (lecture to be given in the Board Room)

12.00 pm

Coach to Broadheath

For lunch and Elgar's birthplace museum

12.30 pm

Lunch at The Dewdrop Inn

Not included in registration fee - please email in to pre-order food

2.30 pm

Elgar's birthplace museum

6.00 pm


To be sourced separately by delegates

Thursday 24 May 2018

9.00 am

Malvern water cure lecture (in the William Leader room)

Dr John Harcup

10.00 am

Tour by coach: Malvern water cure buildings and visit to the Malvern Priory

12.00 pm

Optional lunch at Diglis House Hotel Bar

Delegates to source their own lunch

1.30 pm

End of out of house meeting

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  • Online registration will close on Monday 7 May 2018
  • Please book for dinner and state which option you would like to order
  • All dinner orders must be received by Monday 7 May 2018
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Tuesday: Evening dinner menu

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Wednesday: Lunch at the Dewdrop Inn

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Lunch at the Dewdrop Inn is not included in the registration fee.

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organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Alison ChanTel: 02072903937 Email: history@rsm.ac.uk arrow