Go to the Royal College of Physicians website to view the current exhibition, ‘The Great Fire’. This reveals how Londoners treated their burns from the fire – with animal droppings – and includes handwritten recipe books from the time, detailing the extraordinary potions and poultices thought to cure burns.
Founded by royal charter of Henry VIII in 1518, it is the oldest medical college in England. As well as oil and sculptural portraits (Zoffany’s oil painting of William Hunter lecturing c. 1722 is the most famous) and collections of silver, apothecary jars and 17th century surgical instruments, the adjacent Medicinal Garden has over 1300 plants. These have either been used as medicines over the past 5000 years or commemorate physicians. Located just a few minutes walk from Regent’s Park tube station, we meet at 10.30am in the foyer of the College and enjoy coffee/tea and biscuits before our guided historical tour of the building and its collections and an introduction to the exhibition, which we can then view at our leisure. Cost £8.00. Please give payment to Margaret. Contact the office for more information.