Women in medicine: a celebration

2 Oct 2017 – 19 Jan 2018

Event times

Monday–Friday only, 9am–5pm.

Cost of entry

Free entry

Royal College of Physicians Museum

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Tube: Great Portland Street

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A specially commissioned series of photographic portraits of leading female clinicians, pictured with the women who inspired them.


'Women in medicine: a celebration’ showcases a specially commissioned series of photographic portraits of some of today’s leading female clinicians, pictured with the women from the history of medicine who have inspired them.

The exhibition is the result of a project, coordinated by the RCP, bringing together the leading medical bodies in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Each institution has nominated a modern day woman to represent their specialism or area of practice. In turn, each contemporary clinician holds an image of, and pays tribute to, the remarkable woman who went before them.

The project’s timing is significant, as 2017 not only sees the centenary of the foundation of the Medical Women’s Federation, but also witnessed the first time in history that the majority of the world-renowned medical royal colleges have been led by women.

Among the historical women featured are internationally acclaimed individuals such as Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Britain’s first formally qualified and recognised female doctor; Dame Sheila Sherlock, the prime mover in the establishment of liver disease as a specialty, and Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement.

The present day is represented by past and current presidents of the royal colleges of physicians, surgeons, general practitioners, obstetricians and gynaecologists, pathologists and paediatrics and child health. They are joined by new photographs of many other pre-eminent female figures from medical fields as diverse as academic publishing and public health, radiology and ophthalmology, anaesthesia and education.

Accompanying online resources will allow visitors to find out more about the lives and works of the women who have changed medicine forever. 

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