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About the Heritage Centre

We preserve, protect and promote RCPI’s collections relating to the history of medicine and medical education in Ireland. These include thousands of books, archives, photographs, artworksmedical instruments and other unique items dating from the foundation of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1654. 


We work to:

  • carefully catalogue and preserve our collections relating to the history of RCPI, medicine and medical education in Ireland

  • promote awareness of Ireland's rich medical history

  • grow our collections thanks to generous donations

  • make the College's unique collections accessible to the public


In July 2018 we received full accreditation under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. This award recognises our dedication to caring for our collections to the highest standards, and in line with best practice nationally. 

Visit Us

Our collections are open to everyone, subject to our conditions of access. Our research room is located in the College’s historic home at 6 Kildare Street, and is open by appointment Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. To make an appointment just email or call us on +353 (0) 1 669 8817.

If you are visiting us for the first time you need to complete a reader’s registration form. Everyone who uses our research room must abide by our conditions of access.

You are welcome to bring your own laptop to use in the research room, where there is free WIFI. You can bring a digital camera to make copies of most of our collections.

Family History Research

Is there an Irish doctor in your family tree? If you are interested in family history research you’re welcome to make an appointment to access our collections in the research room. If you can’t make it in person, we also offer a paid genealogy research service 


Exhibitions and Events

We offer guided tours of our beautiful home on Kildare Street, subject to the availability of the building. The building is also open to the public annually for Heritage Week and Culture Night. Please contact us for more details 

We curate changing exhibition on topics relating to the history of medicine in Ireland. Visit our exhibitions page to find out about current and past exhibitions 

Use of our images

To promote open access to our collections, images of material belonging to the College can be used under the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs creative commons licence. This means you can share our images for non-commercial purposed as long as you credit the College.  If you would like to use one of our images for commercial purposes, then you need to contact us for permission. We offer a paid digital imaging service, and you can also bring your own digital camera to take images.  

Please contact us for more information on procedures and pricing. 

Harriet Wheelock

Keeper of Collections

Tel: +353 1 669 8817

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.