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Heritage Items and Medical Instruments

A Fascinating Collection of Medical Instruments and Historical Curiosities

As well as our library and archive, we also hold a substantial collection of items dating from the 17th Century to the present. These items can be viewed by appointment with the Heritage Centre, and many are also on display across RCPI's buildings. At present there is no online catalogue of these items, but they include:


Medical Instruments

Our significant collection of medical instruments dating from the 18th to the 20th century, which show the developments in medical technology over the past 200 years, as well as materia medica samples

Dr T P C Kirkpatrick (1869-1954)
Kirkpatrick, Thomas Percy Claude (portrait) b

Portraits and Artworks

Portraits, busts, statues and other pieces of art representing notable Irish medics, including many past Presidents of RCPI

RCPI's Mace

Ceremony and Commemoration

The College’s ceremonial regalia, including our unique silver mace, as well as commemorative glass and silverware

Napoleonic Memorabilia

Historical Curiosities

Other items of historical interest including a tray carved by Countess Markievicz (part of the Saint Ultan’s Hospital Collection), a table carved with the names of students from Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital and most famously of all, Napoleon's toothbrush.

Would you like to view items in this collection?

At present there is no online catalogue of our medical instruments and historical curiosities, so if you would like to find out more about these items or view any of the items please contact us.

Our research room is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm, by appointment.

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.