From Ireland’s favourite painter to Ireland’s oldest shop: Book your place on RCPI Heritage Centre’s exclusive private tours

We are delighted to announce a programme of cultural events for our Trainees, Members and Fellows

The RCPI Heritage Centre is a research and educational centre specialising in the history of medicine and medical humanities in Ireland. It recently received Interim Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

Our Heritage Centre is running a series of talks and tours over the next eight months, including several exclusive tours for RCPI Trainees, Members and Fellows.

Places of interest that you can visit as part of this programme include

  • Read’s Cutlers, Ireland’s oldest shop established in 1670
  • A National Gallery of Ireland exhibition exploring the work of Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), best known for his painting The meeting on the turret stairs
  • The Gluckman Gallery in University College Cork
  • The Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham

Places at some events are limited so early booking is recommended!


Join a private tour of Ireland's oldest shop

Situated on Dublin's Parliament Street, Read’s Cutlers, Sword & Instrument Makers is Ireland's oldest shop and one of the last surviving intact Georgian shop buildings anywhere. It fell into decay when Read’s business closed in 1997, but over the past five years Clem Kenny has overseen the loving and painstaking restoration of the building, and the cataloguing of thousands of historic items including rare surgical instruments.

Find out more about Read’s Cutlers

Clem Kenny will lead a tour of the newly restored building on Thursday 7 September at 6.30pm.

Places are limited and booking essential. Email or phone 01 6698817 to book a place


Join us for Culture Night on 22 September

We will be throwing open the doors of No. 6 Kildare Street for Culture Night on Friday 22 September.

This year the Heritage Centre will be partnering with the Letters of 1916-1923 project and the Irish Great War Society to explore what life, and medicine, was like one hundred years ago.

6 Kildare Street will be open from 5pm to 10pm on Friday 22 September for Culture Night, no booking required.

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Join us in celebrating Women in Medicine and 350 years as a Royal College

This year’s Heritage Day lectures during our annual St Luke’s Symposium will mark two important events in 2017: the 350th anniversary of the granting of the first Royal Charter to the College and the election of our first female president.

Talks on the day will explore what Ireland and medicine was like in 1667, and who were the men who made up the College at that time.

The afternoon session will look at RCPI’s role in admitting women to medicine in 1877. It will also celebrate female pioneers in medicine, BCG pioneer Dr Dorothy Stopford Price and Dr ‘James’ Barry, the women who fooled the British Army.

Bookings for the Heritage Centre Lectures on Thursday 19 October will open later in August.


Book a curator-led tour of Frederic William Burton: Ireland’s Favourite Painter

Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) is best known for his painting The meeting on the turret stairs but he also designed RCPI’s spectacular silver mace.

The National Gallery of Ireland is holding an exhibition exploring all aspects of his career as an artist, including his early portrait miniatures and subjects inspired by the West of Ireland. It will also look at his period in Germany and his tenure as director of the National Gallery, London.

Dr Marie Bourke, art historian and curator of the exhibition, will lead a special tour of the exhibition for RCPI Trainees, Members and Fellows on the evening of Thursday 16 November.

Places are limited and booking essential. Email or phone 01 6698817 to book a place


There's more to come!

A number of other Heritage Centre events will be held in 2018, including a tour of the Gluckman Gallery, in University College Cork, and the Pearse Museum in Rathfarnham.

More details of the tours, including dates and times will be available later this year.

Contact us

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.