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< Back to news 10 December, 2013

£2.7m revamp for The Royal College of Surgeons

Beacon Customer, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund grant to the value of £2.7m, enabling them to redevelop its Surgeons' Hall Museum.

Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, it has been open to the general public since 1832, making it Scotland’s oldest medical museum.  Exhibits at the museum already include;

  • A pocket book made from the skin of William Burke
  • A letter from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The journey of medicine from witchcraft

The grant issued will allow for the addition of The Lister project. This new feature is named after Joseph Lister, who pioneered the use of antiseptic. New galleries will be displayed - allowing double the amount of items to be displayed.

The revamped museum will also have a 17th century dissecting theatre and an education suite.

Ian Ritchie, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh's president, said: "We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has chosen to support this exciting and important project.

"The promotion of patient safety and care has been at the heart of our college and its activities for over 500 years, inspiring advances in our profession and across healthcare.

"Our museum and Library lie at the core of this heritage, through them we are able to highlight the achievements of the past, educate surgeons and the public about the development of our profession and inspire generations of future surgeons."

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: "The Lister project will take the Surgeons' Hall Museum to a world-class level commensurate with its outstanding collections.

"Scotland's pioneering history of surgery will soon be a source of education and inspiration for visitors from home and abroad while making an important contribution to our tourist economy."