Heritage events programme – September to December 2017

Our programme of events for the second half of 2017 is now available and we have a lot of exciting things lined up over the coming months.

Heritage events 2017

Heritage events programme, September – December 2017

We kick off the season with Glasgow Doors Open Day – the College will be open on Saturday, 16th September from 10am-4pm when there will be a chance to explore some of our beautiful rooms and see some fantastic items from our collections.

This year we are taking part in Museums at Night (27th October) and Book Week Scotland (29th November). For our Museums at Night event we’ll be completely transforming our College Hall into a unusual pop-up art installation celebrating the diversity of our College and its members – There’ll also be nibbles, music and a licensed bar. And for Book Week Scotland we’ll be treating you to some herbal remedies – perfect for anyone suffering from the sniffles during the long, winter nights!

We’re also delighted to welcome back to the College author ES Thomson (Beloved Poison, Dark Asylum) who will be joining us for a unique “lab” where we’ll be mashing up the latest digital visualisation techniques with historical medical fiction. For anyone who loves getting creative there will also be the opportunity to work with our artist in residence, Marianne MacRae, who will be hosting two amazing events looking at the work of Joseph Lister and Glasgow in the 19th century.

Finally, our popular Glasgow History of Medicine Seminars, in partnership with the University of Glasgow, start up again in October.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for some (or all!) of our fab events. You can download the complete programme of events here (8MB).

All our events are free to attend but please book in advance by emailing library@rcpsg.ac.uk as places are limited.

Beloved Poison

Monday, 21 November 2016. 6:30pm – 9pm

This November we’ll be taking part in Book Week Scotland. We’ll be joined by Author ES Thomson, who will be chatting with publisher Adrian Searle (Freight Books) about the inspiration and research behind her highly acclaimed Victorian medical thriller, Beloved Poison.

Set in Victorian London, Beloved Poison follows apothecary Jem Flockhart who makes a gruesome discovery in the gloomy chapel of St Saviour’s Infirmary. The story takes the reader from the bloody world of the operating theatre to the notorious squalor of Newgate and the gallows as Jem struggles against a powerful adversary to unravel the mystery surrounding six tiny coffins filled with dried flowers and mouldering rags.

Join us from 6:30pm onwards for a glass of wine before Elaine and Adrian take to the stage at 7pm in our beautiful Lower Library.

The event is free to attend but please contact us to book as places are limited. You can book at library@rcpsg.ac.uk or by calling 0141 221 6072.

Flyer advertising Beloved Poison

Elaine Thomson
Elaine Thomson has a PhD in the history of medicine and works as a university lecturer in Edinburgh. She was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award, the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award, and the McIlvanney Prize 2016.

Adrian Searle
Adrian Searle studied History Edinburgh University and Creative Writing at Glasgow University. He is founding co-editor of Gutter. Freight Books won the Saltire Society Literary Award for Scottish Publisher of the Year 2015.

Glasgow: Mapping the City

Date: 23 November 2015.
Time: 18:30pm for 19:00pm
Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ
Cost: Free

Join us on the 23rd November for our Book Week Scotland event. John Moore will be discussing his latest book, Glasgow: Mapping the City, which explores how our amazing city has changed over the last 500 years. Moore’s beautifully illustrated book features 80 specially selected maps, each offering a unique insight into the political, economic and social history of Glasgow. Our evening will take you on a journey through the development of shipbuilding, green spaces, transport, health, the industrial revolution, wartime, tourism and much more.

The evening starts at 6:30pm with light refreshments and a glass of wine. The talk starts at 7pm. The event is free and all are welcome but please contact us to book as places are limited.

Contact library@rcpsg.ac.uk or call 0141 221 6072 to book your place.

Glasgow: Mapping the City Poster

Glasgow: Mapping the City. Poster

Take a look at all the amazing events taking place for Book Week Scotland at http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/book-week-scotland

About the author
John Moore is a specialist on Scottish cartography and has published widely on the subject over a period of many years. He is currently Collections Manager at Glasgow University Library.

Glasgow’s War Artists Through the 20th Century

Book week Scotland

We will be holding a Book Week Scotland event on Monday 24th November 2014 in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ when Dr Patricia Andrew will be speaking about aspects of her recently published book A Chasm in Time: Scottish War Art and Artists in the Twentieth Century.  This is the first book on Scottish war art and artists of the twentieth century and provides a fascinating visual record of Scotland’s experience of conflict, both on the ‘home front’ and in theatres of war.

Patricia Andrew is a freelance museum consultant, researcher and lecturer, and was formerly Assistant Director at the Scottish Museums Council. During her talk she will be paying special reference to the College’s painting by Hugh Adam Crawford, Homage to Clydebank: The Stretcher Bearers (1941).  Details about this work are available on the College website and also on the BBC Your Paintings website.  The painting is sited near the reception at the College and can be viewed on a drop-in basis on Monday afternoons (apart from public holidays) between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm.

The talk will start at 7.00 pm with drinks and refreshments from 6.30 pm.  If you would like to attend then please email: library@rcpsg.ac.uk 

The event is free and open to all and we look forward to welcoming you in the College for what promises to be a fascinating evening.