Latest exhibitions

The exhibitions are free to attend. To gain entry to the Library exhibition, you will need to check in at reception. Find out more about visiting the RSM.

Louis Pasteur

Celebrating 200 years of Louis Pasteur

An exhibition at the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine exploring the life and works of Louis Pasteur.

Monday - Thursday: 9.30am - 6.00pm
Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Admission free. Open to all. Tuesday 20 September 2022 - January 2023
The Library, Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

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Diabetes and 100 years of insulin

Diabetes: Towards the Discovery of Insulin

The RSM Library presents a new joint exhibition, open to all.  

Diabetes: Towards the Discovery of Insulin: outlines the milestones in the research and treatment of diabetes before the discovery of insulin.   

100 Years of Insulin: a photo exhibition on loan from Novo Nordisk picks up the story with a historical walk-through some of the major innovation milestones related to diabetes care and understanding following the discovery and first use of insulin, whilst detailing the experiences of those living with diabetes – both past and present.  

Please note 100 Years of Insulin is on tour from 17 June to 5 July inclusive before returning to the RSM until 30 September. 

Online exhibitions

Famous Figures

Famous figures

From oil paintings to art prints, this online exhibition explores the notable physicians, scientists and famous historical figures that can be found in the RSM's art collection.

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Treasures of the RSM

A fascinating insight into the history of medicine, the growth of the medical and scientific professions and into the lives of former members of the Society.

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Past Presidents

Notable Presidents of the Royal Society of Medicine

Take a closer look at a few of the prominent figures who have been inaugurated as President of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

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Around the world exhibition

Around the world: Medical journeys through the ages

Follow voyages of world-renowned physicians, surgeons and nurses that have shaped our understanding of medicine, through the exploration of journals, logs and records dating back to the 1700s.

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The rise of the specialty

This exhibition looks at the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Urology Section, which was crucial to the establishment of urology as a medical specialty.

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Sir William Olser

Sir William Osler, 1849-1919

A great figure in medicine from the late 1800s onwards, Sir William Osler was a member of the RSM and one of the founders of our History of Medicine Section. This exhibition takes a close look at the life of the renowned physician.

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RSM Library

History of the Library

Steeped in 200 years of history, learn more about the beginnings of the RSM’s Library and how it has evolved into one of the largest medical libraries in Europe.

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Women in medicine

Women in medicine

Showcasing women throughout history who have practised medicine, this online exhibition is a celebration of leading female clinicians who have paved the way for women to practice medicine today.

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Snapshots in LGBTQ

Snapshots in LGBTQ + medical history

Showcasing key dates and moments that have impacted the medical history of LGBTQ, from the first documented gender reassignment surgery to the formation of LGBT networks by the UK Department of Health.

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A Harmless Treasure Exhibition

A harmless treasure

Take a closer look at the RSM Library’s collection of rare and beautiful herbal illustrations from the 16th and 17th century, including John Gerard's The Herball and John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum.

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The Victorian Botanist

Continuing the theme of herbal illustration in our previous exhibition, A Harmless Treasure, this exhibition showcases the botanical books that emerged from the popular pursuit of botany in the Victorian era.

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Past exhibitions

Download the exhibition booklet to read about exhibitions held in the Library.

This little pamphlet

This little pamphlet: An exhibition to mark the bicentenary of James Parkinson’s essay on the shaking palsy

November 2017 – February 2018

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Attachment: Our enduring need for others

Attachment: Our enduring need for others

February – April 2017