What's in art and object collection?
Portraits and Artworks
Our collections of portraits, busts and statues represent some of the most notable figures in Irish medicine, including many past Presidents of the College. We also collect artworks representing the medical profession and its role in society more generally.
Medical Instruments and Materia Medica
We hold a significant collection of medical instruments dating from the 18th century onwards, showing the development of medical technology over time. We also hold a collection of materia medica samples, some of which were used by the College to train apothecaries and doctors.
Ceremony and Commemoration
We look after the College’s collection of silverware, most notably our mace, designed by Sir Frederic William Burton and made from Irish silver by West & Co in 1860. The collection also includes items given to the College to mark special occasions and the Presidential chair given to us in 1865.
We hold many items of historical interest relating to our members and medicine more widely. These include the suit worn by College President Andrew Horne when he received a knighthood in 1913 and a table from Dun’s Hospital carved with the names of generations of medical students. Other historical curiosities include a tray carved by Countess Markievicz and, most famously of all, Napoleon’s toothbrush.