The RSM organises a number of exhibitions each year which are open to the public and take place in the Library.

The Appointed Day, July 5th 1948: An exhibition at the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine to mark 70 years of the NHS.



“i beg to move that this house takes note that the appointed day for the national health service has been fixed for july 5th; welcomes the coming into force on that date of this measure which offers to all sections of the community comprehensive medical care and treatment and lays for the first time a sound foundation for the health of the people; and is satisfied that the conditions under which all the professions concerned are invited to participate are generous and fully in accord with their traditional freedom and dignity.”

Aneurin Bevan’s speech to the House of Commons, 9 February 1948.


Monday 30th April 2018 – Saturday 11th August 2018.

Admission free. Open to all.


Exhibition opening hours

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10am - 4.30pm

Entrance to the exhibitions is free.


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Past exhibitions

Take a look at past exhibitions held at the RSM Library.


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Feature of the month

Each month, the RSM Library archives feature a particular highlight from the current exhibition, giving a fascinating insight into the history of the piece. 



contact us

The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE
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library opening hours

Monday - Thursday



24hr service
The library 1st floor and IT suite are available 24hrs a day.

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