RCPSG Heritage Events April – June 2022

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow will be continuing our Medical Heritage Events series this month and throughout May and June with some slight changes to our format, indicated below. These events are all free to attend, but booking is required. We would be delighted if you could share this with your networks and join us both virtually and in-person over the next few months!


Thursday 14th April, 6-7:30 PM: ‘Happiness is the best medicine – The Mearnskirk Hospital Collection’

In an age of self-care – where recreation and relaxation is considered central to maintaining our health and wellbeing – to what extent was happiness used as a form of therapy within medicine throughout history? We will be joined by Dr Mara Dougall (PhD, University of Strathclyde) for this event which will now take place online.

Details: https://community.rcpsg.ac.uk/event/view/happiness-is-the-best-medicine-the-mearnskirk-collection-14-apr-22


Thursday 5th May, 6-7:30 PM: ‘Hands of Iron – A history of Midwifery in Glasgow’

Join us as we reflect on the history of childbirth in Glasgow and discuss the significance of the city in the development of midwifery. We will be joined by Dr Mark Skippen (PhD, University of Glasgow) for this event which will now take place online.

Details: https://community.rcpsg.ac.uk/event/view/hands-of-iron-a-history-of-midwifery-in-glasgow-05-may-22


Monday 30th May, 6-7:30 PM: ‘Reframed: Finding the patient in medical heritage collections’ *new date*

Join the College Heritage Team in conversation with Dr Gillean McDougall (PhD, University of Glasgow) as we consider medical heritage from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective, examining the possibilities and limitations of exploring the patient’s voice within our collections. We are delighted to deliver this event fully in-person. 

Details: https://community.rcpsg.ac.uk/event/view/reframed-finding-the-patient-in-medical-heritage-collections-30-may-22


Thursday 22nd June, 6-7:30 PM: ‘The Goodall Symposium – Changing Minds: Neurosurgery and Psychiatry in 1950s and 60s Glasgow’

This year our annual Goodall Symposium looks at the work of three of these great minds – R.D. Laing, Joseph Schorstein, and James Sloan Robertson. We are delighted to deliver this as a fully hybrid event and you are welcome to join us either in person or online. If you’re joining us in person, drinks and nibbles will be available from 6pm. The talks are scheduled to start at 6:30pm (BST).

Details: https://community.rcpsg.ac.uk/event/view/the-goodall-symposium-changing-minds-neurosurgery-and-psychiatry-in-1950s-and-60s-glasgow-22-jun-22


For more information or inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us: library@rcpsg.ac.uk or kristin.hay@rcpsg.ac.uk.


We look forward to welcoming you to our library both virtually and in-person over the next few months!