This year Culture Night takes place on September 18. Usually the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) throws open its doors and welcomes the public into our building at Number 6, Kildare Street to find out more about RCPI's illustrious and fascinating history.
Sadly, this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the building is not able to open to the public. However, the RCPI Heritage Centre is working on a very special online project to help mark this day which will be available to watch online on the evening of September 18.
Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at RCPI says, "Culture Night is always such an exciting event where the public are welcomed into our beautiful building to find out more about the College and its doctors. We thought that this year we would bring the building, objects and history of the College to them in an online video that celebrates some of the highlights of our collections and Number 6."
She continues, "I've been working with doctors from across our Faculties and Institutes to record their thoughts, feelings and insights on some of our objects and the well known physicians who have been Members and Fellows. This is very much a celebration of all the things that make our College so unique. I'm delighted to have worked closely with Dr Chris Fitzpatrick and our President, Prof Mary Horgan, to bring this project to fruition.
"What's very exciting to me is that people from all around Ireland and around the world, who may not have had the chance to come and visit us as a part Culture Night, will be able to watch along from where they are. My hope is that we welcome our biggest audience yet for Culture Night, albeit virtually"
This virtual celebration of RCPI will be available to watch at on the evening of September 18 and to watch back after. To find out more about the evening and how to tune in simply click here.
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.