Book said to be made from William Burke's skin
Dental artwork
Robert Knox - display in History of Surgery Museum
Surgeons' Hall - Playfair Building
Skull at Surgeons' Hall Pathology Museum
Surgeons' Hall - History of Surgery Museum
A trephined skull

Can You Help?

Volunteer Opportunities

After a recent recruitment drive, we have reached capacity for the number of volunteers working behind the scenes on cataloguing, imaging and conservation. We do have vacancies for experienced medical professionals who would be interested in invigliating in the Pathology Museum and answering specialist queries, and/or guiding private groups. Please call the museum office for an informal discussion or e-mail your cv and supporting information to

Donations / Bequests

The historic William Playfair Surgeons' Hall and the Collections of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are of outstanding cultural significance. As a resource for medical and historical research they are of international importance. To care for the collections and develop their potential for generations to come is costly.

We welcome donations, endowments and bequests of any size. If you think you might be interested in helping support these unique educational and historic resources, please contact Chris Henry, Director of Heritage, to discuss the options in more detail.

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