Doors Open Day 2015

Written by on August 28, 2015

The College will be open to members of the public on Saturday 19th September, from 10am to 4pm, as part of Glasgow Doors Open Day. Visitors are invited to come and explore the College’s public rooms and enjoy our beautiful building and collections.

The Lower Library - just one of the many rooms to explore during Doors Open Day

The Lower Library – just one of the many rooms to explore during Doors Open Day

2015 is the European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage, and one of the themes of this year’s Doors Open Day is the industrial heritage of Glasgow. Alongside our usual exhibitions and artwork, we will be hosting a display of surgical instruments manufactured in Glasgow in the days before the multinationals took over. Look out for the brass enema pump!

We will have staff members and Senior Fellows of the College positioned throughout the building to answer any questions you may have about the building, or the College’s part in Glasgow’s medical history. There will also be a video tour playing in the Maurice Bloch Lecture Theatre.

And we’re not just about medicine! In the Library Reading Room, visitors can see J.J. Audubon’s Birds of America, with its beautiful hand-coloured engravings. This will be an interactive exhibition, allowing you to see more of Audubon’s illustrations than ever before, and find out more about the man and his work. We also have a magnificent collection of portraits and contemporary art. You can browse a selection from our art collection on the BBC Your Paintings website.

Our 'Birds of America' display in the Reading Room

Our ‘Birds of America’ display in the Reading Room

Doors Open Day is a great day out for families, and we are delighted to welcome children to the College. There’s loads to see explore in the College, so we’re offering a quiz to help guide kids round the building and find the most exciting and interesting things in our collections. Find us in the Children’s Programme on the Glasgow Doors Open Day website.

Illustration of College in the Doors Open Children's Programme

Find us in the Children’s Programme!

We hope to see you in College during Doors Open Day. You can find out more about the festival and check opening times travel tips on the Glasgow Doors Open Day website.

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The College’s heritage collections – including thousands of medical and surgical instruments, rare books, archives, and pictures – span over 6 centuries and are an excellent resource for exploring the history of medicine and the history of the city of Glasgow. Many items from the collections have been digitised and are available to view here. Our digitisation work is ongoing, and we add new items to the site regularly, so keep checking back to discover more.

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