Latest exhibitions

Sir William Olser

So joyous and gentle a life: An exhibition in memory of Sir William Osler 1849 - 1919

4 November 2019 – 1 February 2020

Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir William Osler, who died on 29 December 1919, this exhibition takes a close look at the life of the renowned physician.

One of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sir William Osler has often been described as a ‘father of modern medicine’. He was an avid supporter of the Royal Society of Medicine, founding the History of Medicine Section and was a benefactor of the RSM’s library.

Online exhibitions

Sir William Olser

Sir William Osler, 1849-1919

A great figure in medicine from the late 1800s onwards, Sir William Osler was a member of the RSM and one of the founders of our History of Medicine Section. This exhibition takes a close look at the life of the renowned physician.

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RSM Library

History of the Library

Steeped in 200 years of history, learn more about the beginnings of the RSM’s Library and how it has evolved into one of the largest medical libraries in Europe.

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Women in medicine

Women in medicine

Showcasing women throughout history who have practised medicine, this online exhibition is a celebration of leading female clinicians who have paved the way for women to practice medicine today.

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Snapshots in LGBTQ

Snapshots in LGBTQ + medical history

Showcasing key dates and moments that have impacted the medical history of LGBTQ, from the first documented gender reassignment surgery to the formation of LGBT networks by the UK Department of Health.

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A Harmless Treasure Exhibition

A harmless treasure

Take a closer look at the RSM Library’s collection of rare and beautiful herbal illustrations from the 16th and 17th century, including John Gerard's The Herball and John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum.

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Victorian Botanist Promo

The Victorian Botanist

Continuing the theme of herbal illustration in our previous exhibition, A Harmless Treasure, this exhibition showcases the botanical books that emerged from the popular pursuit of botany in the Victorian era.

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Visiting information

The exhibition is free to attend. 

To gain entry to the Library exhibition, print off an exhibition ticket and bring it with you when you are visiting us.

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Opening hours

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sundays and public holidays: closed

Past exhibitions

Download the exhibition booklet to read about exhibitions held in the Library.

This little pamphlet

This little pamphlet: An exhibition to mark the bicentenary of James Parkinson’s essay on the shaking palsy

November 2017 – February 2018

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Attachment: Our enduring need for others

Attachment: Our enduring need for others

February – April 2017