If you are interested in donating something to RCPI, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to discuss any potential donations in confidence. Please include as much information about the items as you can;
a description and, if possible, a photograph of the item(s)
details of where it came from, and any personal stories connected with the item(s)
All potential donations will be assessed against our collections development policy, and if we are able to accept the donation, we will be in contact to arrange transfer. Once transferred, the item(s) will form a part of the permanent collection of our accredited museum.
We collection material in any format relating to the history of medicine and medical education in Ireland, some examples would be;
archive material relating to the medical profession and medical education in Ireland
archives of hospitals, medical professional or public health organisations
papers of Irish medics or medical historians
medical instruments and devices and materia medica specimens, especially those relating to the practice of medicine in Ireland or with a strong Irish connection
objects belonging to Irish doctors, medical institutions or organisations
portraits (in any medium) of Irish medical professions, or artworks showing medical professionals at work
printed material relating to medicine, medical education and the history of medicine in Ireland not already held in Dun’s Library
A unique collection of antique medical instruments from Read's Cutlers and Instrument Makers, formally of Parliament Street Dublin, have been places on loan to the Heritage Centre. This collections represents an important part of Ireland’s medical heritage, as well as the legacy of Dublin's oldest shop.
This collection was loaned by Mr Clem Kenny
A small collection of documents relating to Dr Robert Shaw Wayland (1852-1928). Dr Wayland worked at the Children's Hospital in Dublin for much of his career, as physicians and anaesthetist. This small collection contains a fee and account book dating from the 1910s, a photograph of Dr Wayland and testimonials.
This material was donated by Dr Robert Shaw Wayland's Mrs O P W Martin.
A series of donations of Public Health related ephemera donated over the past few years, the most recent donation includes a poster for a 1926 Dublin City Public Health Week, a flyer relating to the controversial 1950s Mother and Child Scheme, and a letter from Lady Aberdeen, wife of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1905-1915).
Previous donations include a series of seven Public Health Cartoons by the artist Thomas Fitzpatrick, dating from the 1910s. You can read more about these cartoons on the Heritage Centre blog.
This material was donated in memory of Dr Matthew J Russell and Dr Angela Russell née Coyne. Dr Matthew Russell was Medical Officer for health in Dublin, and the material donated was collected by him.
Two welcome addition to our extensive archive relating to Saint Ultan's Hospital, founded by Dr Kathleen Lynn. The donations include early annual reports of the hospital and scrape book containing newspaper cuttings, flyers and other ephemera from the early years of the hospital, as well as a hospital nurses badge and cup and saucer. The material will be added to our existing holdings relating to the hospital.
These donations were received from Sé Merry Doyle (Loopline films) and Dr Pauline O'Connell.
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.