RCSI Heritage Collections collects, preserves and curates material relating to the history of RCSI since 1784 and to the development of medicine and surgery in Ireland more generally.
The RCSI Heritage team ensures good stewardship of the collections for future generations, supports access to and use of collections for education and research and promotes lifelong learning, health and well-being through outreach and engagement activities.
History of RCSI
Founded as the national training body for surgery in Ireland, RCSI has been at the forefront of healthcare education since its establishment in 1784.Learn more
Explore the Collections
From manuscripts to medical instruments and antiquarian books to art, explore the richness of RCSI Heritage Collections through our catalogues and collection portals.View our collections
RCSI Heritage Collections periodically curates exhibitions drawing from our historically rich and vibrant collections.
Abraham Colles at 250
RCSI is proud to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of former student, professor and president – and Ireland’s most illustrious anatomist – Abraham Colles (1773 – 1843).
To this day, Colles’ innovative teaching is apparent in medical curricula the world over.Read more
Take a tour through the home of RCSI, at 123 St Stephen's Green and learn a little of our rich history and heritage.
Portraits recognising the pioneering achievements of eight extraordinary women and enhance the visibility of historical female leaders in healthcare.
This diverse collection of material features a rich selection of historical medical instruments.
A celebration of the life and work of Sir Charles Alexander Cameron, a leading figure in public health throughout the 19th and 20th century.
RCSI Heritage blog
Our blog is regularly updated with posts featuring fascinating material that can be found in our collections. Indulge your inquisitive side.Read the blog
We welcome students, researchers and members of the public to consult our unique collections.Learn more Learn more