Exhibition

To fetch out the fire: Reviving London, 1666

1 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016

Event times

9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday only
Please see website for details of additional closure days

Cost of entry

Free

Royal College of Physicians Museum

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Tube: Great Portland Street

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Human tragedy, cultural catastrophe, medical emergency. A free exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

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A free exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

Human tragedy, cultural catastrophe, medical emergency. The Great Fire was a final calamity visited on a city weakened by more than three decades of destruction.

Discover the amazing tale of the razing and rebuilding of the Royal College of Physicians after the firestorm that engulfed it.

Special displays follow the story of the capital’s 17th century physicians as they were divided by war, battled with plague and almost ruined by flames, only to emerge with hope for the future in a magnificent new home designed by Robert Hooke. A symbol of London’s resilience and revival.

Explore original collections which avoided destruction: medical remedies and potions, fascinating archives, precious silver, rare books and a stunning assembly of portraits, including some touched by the fire itself that have the scars to prove it...

All bear witness to what London lost through plague and fire, the remedies and rescues used to combat both, and the eventual revival of the College and resurgence of the City.

An unmissable exhibition for anyone intrigued by this most turbulent period in the London’s history.

Curators

Sarah Backhouse

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