For 2020 the Heritage Centre moved to an online seminar will look at the history of vaccinations, the lessons learned from the war on disease and the quest for a COVID vaccine. Speakers include biochemists Prof Luke O'Neill and Dr Anne Moore, medical historian Dr Ida Milne and Harriet Wheelock, RCPI Keeper of Collections. Topics range from the introduction of vaccinations to Ireland, the 1919 flu pandemic and the search for a vaccine for COVID-19.
Our Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award promotes and celebrates the best new research into the history of medicine in Ireland. Held annually, the shortlisted finalists each have 20 minutes to present their research as part of the St Luke's Annual Symposium held in the College in October.
2019 marked the centenary of the founding of St Ultan's Hospital in Dublin by Dr Kathleen Lynn. This series of talks explore the history of the hospital and the biographies of some of the extraordinary women who founded it, including Madeline ffrench-Mullen, Ella Webb and Barbara Stokes. The day was held in conjunction with the Faculty of Paediatrics and includes a panel session on the past, present and future of paediatrics.
Held in October 2019, these lectures celebrate the history of Ireland's oldest rugby competition
The 2018 Heritage Centre Lectures were part of the celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The lectures explore various aspects of the history of the profession, from the contribution of the Cork-based man-midwife James Wolveridge in the 17th century, to the introduction of contraceptives to Ireland in the 20th century. A panel discussion looks at the past, present and future position of the profession and the Institute.
2017 was an important year for RCPI, marking the 350th anniversary of the granting of our first Royal Charter. It was also the year we elected our first female President. The Heritage Centre lectures this year marked these two events with talks on Irish medicine in 1667, the role of RCPI in admitting women to medicine and the lives of two extraordinary, female medical pioneers.
With revolution at home and war abroad, 1916 was a tumultuous year in Irish history. These Heritage Centre lectures look at the impact of the 1916 rising and the Battle of the Somme on Irish medicine. Speakers explore the impact of the Rising on some of Dublin's medical institutions, including the National Maternity Hospital and the College itself. Talks also explore the impact of the Battle of the Somme on Ireland, medicine and poetry.
Our 2015 lectures explored the impact of World War I on military surgery, hospital care in Ireland and the treatment of shell-shock, as well as the experiences of individual doctors and nurses. Talks also look at the impact of the war on Irish culture, especially music and film. Speakers include Prof John Horne (TCD), David Durnin (UCD), Prof Brendan Kelly (UCD), Dr Ruth Barton (TCD) and Brain Doyle (Irish Traditional Music Archive).
Our 2013 lectures marked the 300th anniversary of the death of Sir Patrick Dun, President of RCPI and founder of our library. The lectures explored a number of aspects of his life and legacy, from his grandmother's involvement in witchcraft to his impact on medical education in Ireland. Speakers include Liam Chamber (MIC), Andrew Sneddon (UU), Harriet Wheelock (RCPI) and Prof Davis Coakley (TCD).
Our 2012 lectures explored aspects of medicine in Ireland in the nineteenth century, from forensic psychiatry to the admission of women to the medical profession. Speakers include Laura Kelly (UCD), Larry Geary (UCC) and Prof Brendan Kelly (Mater Hospital).
Since 2016 the Heritage Centre has hosted the Apothecaries' Hall of Ireland annual Lucas Memorial lecture exploring an aspect of the history of pharmacy.