The Heritage Society


The Fellows, Members and Affiliates of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh are rightly proud of the long history of our College, which builds on the legacy of our predecessors. With this in mind, the College's Council, in 2012 launched the Heritage Society, developed as a channel through which our membership and the public can support the work in three agreed priority areas: Heritage, Surgical Research and Education.

Supporting Heritage

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The first project to be supported through the Heritage Society was the redevelopment of the College's Museums and its internationally-important collections. This £4.2m project transformed the experience and access for our 30,000 worldwide visitors each year.


Supporting Surgical Research

The core mission of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is to improve outcomes for patients requiring surgery, and central to this aim is surgical research.  Many surgeons engage in research in order to find better methods of treating their patients, however, it is often very difficult to obtain the necessary funds to carry out this research and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has an important role in this area.

Over the last 20 years the College, through Research Fellowships, Travelling Fellowships, Small research grants and bursaries, has committed over £7 million to support over 700 individual surgeons working in university departments and hospitals throughout the UK and abroad.

Although the College awards a number of Fellowships and grants annually, the number and quality of applications continues to rise and more resources are needed to meet the College’s ambitions in this area.

Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh relies exclusively on voluntary income that has been gifted through donations, legacies and grants. We need your help if this work is to continue and flourish. Click here to download our Supporting Surgical Research form.

For further information about supporting heritage, surgical research or education at the College, contact the Development & Appeals team by email or on +44 (0)131 527 1591.