Archive resources

The RSM archive comprises of many types of medical records, from manuscripts and letters to moving images and photographs, dating back to the 17th century. It is open to both RSM members and external researchers.

Listings of Society, Section and Fora archives are available to view online and you can search for books via the online catalogue.

A complete list of all records held in the archive is not available online, however if you have any research enquiries or would like to make an appointment to view material, please complete the enquiry service form or contact us at


Unlocking the Medicine Chest

Unlocking the Medicine Chest is an online resource, produced to encourage academic researchers and students to use currently overlooked collections for thesis research on the study of the history of medicine.

This resource provides an introduction to the available sources from a number of licensing and membership organisations in England and Wales, all which offer a rich source of information on a wide range of medical topics.

Topics covered in this resource include disease, mental health, patients, professionalisation, public health, war and medicine, women and medicine.

Unlocking the Medicine Chest has been produced in collaboration with: 

Please contact each organisation directly for further details of their holdings and to discuss individual research needs.