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The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow’s collections include archives, books and museum objects relating to medicine, surgery and dentistry, from the 15th century to the present day. As with the College’s geographical scope, the collections relate to many parts of the world, but have a strong focus on Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The College’s collections have obtained full Museum Accreditation status. This means that the College meets the national standard for UK museums and can develop its collections, their care and access, with the appropriate support and guidance.

We’ve digitised hundreds of items so far, but what you see here is only part of the full collection. New items are added to the site regularly, so keep checking back. If you'd like to request a particular item for digitisation then please get in touch.

Rare Books

Rare Books

The College Library was founded in 1698 when Faculty members donated books for our first home at the Trongate in Glasgow. We have been collecting…
Museum and Artwork

Museum and Artwork

Our museum collection helps tell the story of the College, of its place in the city of Glasgow, and of Scottish medical history. Our collection also…
Archives

Archives

The archives of the College date from 1602, from our first minute book, to licentiate registers, to comprehensive records of the College’s…