Latest exhibitions

Victorian Botanist Promo

The Victorian botanist

5 August - 26 October 2019

During the Victorian era, botany was a popular pursuit. Unlike other scientific disciplines, botany could be practised by the general public; it did not require expert or academic training for its enjoyment and it could be enjoyed by men, women and children alike.

The Victorian botanist is an exhibition that showcases the botanical books held in the RSM’s collection. The books offer a rare opportunity to view 19th century detailed illustrations as well as closely-printed taxonomic lists of plant species.

Online exhibitions

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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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