Friends Visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow Yesterday!


Nearly 60 Friends and their guests had a thoroughly enjoyable tour of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in St Vincent Street yesterday. Our visit started in the magnificent College Hall where we were meet by our guides Clare and Kirsty. We given a short history of the RCPSG which was founded in 1599. The founding members set out to regulate and improve the standards of healthcare in Glasgow and the West of Scotland and this is work that continues through the intervening centuries to today. After being in various buildings in Glasgow, the College moved into its current location at 242 St Vincent Street in 1862. It was interesting to hear that JJ Burnet, the well-regarded Glasgow architect was commissioned to design and build the addition of the College Hall in 1893 where we started out tour After the introduction, we visited a variety of other rooms in the building including the Library Reading Room, the Lister Room, the Lower Library, the Lock room and the David Livingston Room. After touring the different floors and rooms of the building, we were ready to go back to the College Hall for our delicious lunch of soup, filled sandwiches, pastries, teas and coffees and a good rest with the opportunity to chat about what we had seen. Many thanks to all the staff at the College for making our visit such a success and so enjoyable.