Webcast Library

This webcast library provides access to webcasts from the past nine years and is comprised of talks from our History of Medicine lectures and other events held by the Heritage Centre.

MindReading: Plagues, Panics, Physicians

This joint RCPI and MindReading webinar explores how literature can help when we experience illness and how literature has reflected the unfortunate recurrence of pandemics throughout human history - ultimately examining how literature can improve communication and foster understanding between medical learners, healthcare providers and service users. This event brings together experts from psychiatry, philosophy and literature to think about humanities in teaching for clinicians, compassion in care and doctors' wellbeing, with a particular focus on how literature has reflected pandemics through history. It asks questions the role of literature as a point of therapeutic engagement in trying to understand our historic response to pandemics.


Faculty of Pathology 40th Anniversary

To mark the 40th anniversary of the Faculty of Pathology in 2021 the Heritage Centre is organising a series of culture and heritage 'shorts' to be included in the Faculty webinars. Topics covered so far include the history of the Dublin Pathological Society 1832-1888 and the design of the Faculty crest. Additional webcasts will become available over the coming months.


COVID-19; The Quest for a Vaccine - Hopes, Hesitancy and History.

For 2020 the Heritage Centre moved to an online seminar will look at the history of vaccinations, the lessons learned from the war on disease and the quest for a COVID vaccine.  Speakers include biochemists Prof Luke O'Neill and Dr Anne Moore, medical historian Dr Ida Milne and Harriet Wheelock, RCPI Keeper of Collections. Topics range from the introduction of vaccinations to Ireland, the 1919 flu pandemic and the search for a vaccine for COVID-19.


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Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award

Our Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award promotes and celebrates the best new research into the history of medicine in Ireland. Held annually, the shortlisted finalists each have 20 minutes to present their research as part of the St Luke's Annual Symposium held in the College in October.


Centenary of the founding of St Ultan's Hospital

2019 marked the centenary of the founding of St Ultan's Hospital in Dublin by Dr Kathleen Lynn. This series of talks explore the history of the hospital and the biographies of some of the extraordinary women who founded it, including Madeline ffrench-Mullen, Ella Webb and Barbara Stokes. The day was held in conjunction with the Faculty of Paediatrics and includes a panel session on the past, present and future of paediatrics.



The Hospital Pass: 140 years of the Dublin Hospitals Rugby Pass

Held in October 2019, these lectures celebrate the history of Ireland's oldest rugby competition

Man-Midwife to Female Master - 350 years of obstetrics and gynaecology in Ireland

The 2018 Heritage Centre Lectures were part of the celebrations to mark the golden jubilee of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  The lectures explore various aspects of the history of the profession, from the contribution of the Cork-based man-midwife James Wolveridge in the 17th century, to the introduction of contraceptives to Ireland in the 20th century. A panel discussion looks at the past, present and future position of the profession and the Institute.



350 Years as a Royal College

2017 was an important year for RCPI, marking the 350th anniversary of the granting of our first Royal Charter. It was also the year we elected our first female President. The Heritage Centre lectures this year marked these two events with talks on Irish medicine in 1667, the role of RCPI in admitting women to medicine and the lives of two extraordinary, female medical pioneers.



Irish medicine in war and revolution

With revolution at home and war abroad, 1916 was a tumultuous year in Irish history. These Heritage Centre lectures look at the impact of the 1916 rising and the Battle of the Somme on Irish medicine. Speakers explore the impact of the Rising on some of Dublin's medical institutions, including the National Maternity Hospital and the College itself. Talks also explore the impact of the Battle of the Somme on Ireland, medicine and poetry.



Irish medicine during World War I

Our 2015 lectures explored the impact of World War I on military surgery, hospital care in Ireland and the treatment of shell-shock, as well as the experiences of individual doctors and nurses. Talks also look at the impact of the war on Irish culture, especially music and film. Speakers include Prof John Horne (TCD), David Durnin (UCD), Prof Brendan Kelly (UCD), Dr Ruth Barton (TCD) and Brain Doyle (Irish Traditional Music Archive).



Medicine and Architecture

Our 2014 lectures marked the 150th anniversary of the College's move to their home on Kildare Street. As well as exploring medicine and architecture in the 19th century, the lectures also looked at contemporary trends in architecture and medicine. Speakers include Shelly McNamara (Grafton Architects), Frederick Dwyer, John Cole, Rose-Anne Kenny (Mercer's Institute) and Thomas Grey (TrinityHaus)


Tercentenary of the death of Sir Patrick Dun

Our 2013 lectures marked the 300th anniversary of the death of Sir Patrick Dun, President of RCPI and founder of our library. The lectures explored a number of aspects of his life and legacy, from his grandmother's involvement in witchcraft to his impact on medical education in Ireland.  Speakers include Liam Chamber (MIC), Andrew Sneddon (UU), Harriet Wheelock (RCPI) and Prof Davis Coakley (TCD).



Medicine in 19th century Ireland

Our 2012 lectures explored aspects of medicine in Ireland in the nineteenth century, from forensic psychiatry to the admission of women to the medical profession. Speakers include Laura Kelly (UCD), Larry Geary (UCC) and Prof Brendan Kelly (Mater Hospital).