We are a research and educational centre specialising in the history of medicine and medical humanities in Ireland.
We are the proud guardians of over 350 years of historical archives dating from the foundation of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1654. Our collections include manuscripts, books, prints, photographs and other unique items relating to the history of medicine and medical education in Ireland.
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If you’re interested in carrying out research into the history of medicine, or if you would like to trace your medical ancestors, contact us today.
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We house a unique collection of manuscripts, books, prints, photographs and other rare items relating to the history of medicine and medical education in Ireland. We also hold a variety of sources, dating back to the seventeenth century, that can help with tracing Irish medical ancestors.
All our collections are open to everyone. You are welcome to view items from our collections in our reading room, open from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday. As our space is limited, we ask you to make an appointment by emailing HeritageCentre@rcpi.ie.
You’re welcome to bring your own laptop to use in the reading room and we have free wifi. You can also use a digital camera to make research copies of most of the collections.
If you’re visiting our reading room for the first time, we’ll ask you to complete a reader registration form. Everyone who uses our reading room must abide by our conditions of access.
We hold a unique collection of material relating to the history of medicine in Ireland, with over 20,000 books, 10,000 manuscripts and hundreds of medical instruments and historical curiosities.
Is their a doctor in your family tree? If you’re interested in family history researcher, you’re welcome to visit our reading room to access our genealogy collections. If you can’t make it in person, we also offer a paid genealogy research service.
We can bring you on a guided tour of the College's historic home at 6 Kildare Street.
To book a tour simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01 6698817.
We offer a paid photocopying and digital imaging service, and you can also bring your own digital camera.
If you want to reproduce an image of material in our collections in a publication, or other commercial activity, please contact us for information on procedures and pricing.
Here are some of the ways that you can help:
Harriet is Keeper of Collection and manages the RCPI Heritage Centre. Contact Harriet with any questions about the Heritage Centre, its collection and to make an appointment to visit.