Medical heritage Events, Autumn/Winter 2022: Support HOPE

Written by on September 23, 2022

The Heritage Team are delighted to introduce our programme of medical heritage events for September to December 2022. We are also thrilled to announce our collaboration with the College’s charitable foundation, the HOPE Foundation.

The wait is finally over…our programme of medical heritage events for Autumn/Winter 2022 is here! Between October and December 2022, the Heritage Team is delighted to bring you a new 2022/23 exhibition and a diverse range of engaging talks, workshops and tours, celebrating our expansive medical collections and historic College buildings.


This programme, we are thrilled to announce that all of our events are in support of the HOPE Foundation.

Since its incorporation in 1599, philanthropy has been at the heart of the College’s heritage and identity. We know that small changes and shared learning can make a huge difference in the provision of healthcare, especially when enacted with compassion.

The HOPE Foundation enables the College to provide philanthropic support to charitable health initiatives through fundraising, grant-making and disseminating learning from our funded projects. 100% of donations to HOPE go directly towards health-related projects locally, nationally and internationally.

We are proud to say that this programme, all of our Medical Heritage events, ticketed and un-ticketed, are in support of the HOPE Foundation.


To view all bookable events, click here.


We are joined by Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie to reflect on 120 years of Malaria Prevention by looking at the enigmatic, Nobel Prize laureate Ronald Ross. In 1902, an Indian-born doctor named Ronald Ross (b. 1857) became the first Briton to receive the Nobel Prize for his ground-breaking work on the transmission of malaria. His research and commitment to disease prevention were central to developing measures to combat malaria and other “tropical” diseases across the world. Join the Heritage Team and Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie as we trace the life and works of the enigmatic Sir Ronald Ross and his contribution to medicine, society and culture.

To book, click here.

Back by popular demand, we will also be running our ‘Explore our Collections’ workshops this month! We know that the archive can be a bit of a daunting place if you are unfamiliar with them, so if you are passionate about medical history but don’t know where to start, our ‘Explore our Collections’ workshop is the ideal place to begin! We will be taking you on a tour of our archives and providing you with the tools necessary to help you get started with your own history research, dissertation or personal project! This event is targeted towards undergraduate and postgraduate students, but is open to everyone and anyone interested in utilising medical heritage archives and is looking to learn in a friendly and welcoming environment.

To book, click here.


All aboard to vaccination station! We will be exploring the history of vaccination with author and illustrator Adam Murphy for an interactive comic book workshop! What do cows have to do vaccination? Who did the first vaccine, and what for? What did vaccination look like in the 1800s? And why is it so important today? Find out at this interactive zine-making workshop!

To book, click here.


When the days are short and the nights are long, what better way to spend a winter’s evening than with exclusive access to our College? For the first time EVER, join us for a Twilight tour of the College, featuring festive cocktails and a guided tour of our beautiful historic buildings.

To book, click here.

For full details of all our Medical Heritage events, see the full programme below.

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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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