Medicine at War

A walk to mark the commemorations of many of Britain’s most notable conflicts, examining the ever-changing role of medics at the front line. 

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Throughout the history of human conflict, medical practitioners have found themselves in the midst of carnage.

From bone-setters on Renaissance battlefields, to ships’ surgeons at sea, the birth of modern nursing in the Crimea to the cutting edge critical care of the world’s first global conflict. 

Military medicine has always been in the avant-garde of developments to medical science and practice.

Waterloo medal

With the ongoing centenary of The Great War in the forefront of many people’s minds this walk through London’s medical quarter examines the ever-changing role of those with a vocation to heal through ‘the seven ages of military medicine’ from the Ancient World to The Western Front and beyond.

The walk will conclude in Cavendish Square, outside the Royal College of Nursing. 

To arrange a private group tour at any time contact us by email at 

For public tour dates (when available) click here to visit the Our Calendar page.

The walk commences in the medicinal garden of Royal College of Physicians and lasts between 2½ and 3 hours*.

The tour costs £12.50-£15** per person.


* Tours do not include a visit to the interior of the Royal College of Physicians.

** This walk includes the option of an escorted visit to the Wallace Collection for £2.50 extra per person. Please ask about a museum visit when making your booking. Private tours are subject to a minimum group fee for parties of 14 persons or fewer.

“Medicine at War” is available as a private tour at any time by prior arrangement. 

For further details or to make a group booking for a private tour please contact us at 

Click here for a map and directions to the Royal College of Physicians.