Liverpool Medical Institution

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Liverpool Medical Institution
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Liverpool Medical Institution
Location Mount Pleasant and Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Coordinates 53°24′12″N 2°58′09″W / 53.4033°N 2.9692°W / 53.4033; -2.9692Coordinates: 53°24′12″N 2°58′09″W / 53.4033°N 2.9692°W / 53.4033; -2.9692
OS grid reference SJ 357 900
Built 1837
Built for Liverpool Medical Institution
Architect Clark Rampling
Architectural style(s) Greek Revival
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 28 June 1952
Reference no. 1208429
Liverpool Medical Institution is located in Liverpool
Liverpool Medical Institution
Location in Liverpool

Liverpool Medical Institution stands on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Hope Street, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. The building opened in 1837 and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[1]


This was formerly the site of an inn and a bowling green, which was the birthplace of the businessman and amateur scientist William Roscoe. In 1799 a group of local doctors created the Liverpool Medical Library.[2][3] In 1833 the Liverpool Medical Society was formed. The two societies merged as the Liverpool Medical Institution, and commissioned Clark Rampling to design a building to house it. The building cost £4,000 (equivalent to £330,000 in 2015),[4] and was opened in 1837.[3] In 1907 the Council Room was remodelled by Edmund Rathbone.[5] The society was incorporated under a Royal Charter in 1964.[6] An extension was added to the building in 1966.[5] In 1998 a major refurbishment of the building took place.[2]


The building is constructed in stone, and presents a curved façade to Mount Pleasant and Hope Street. Its architectural style is Greek Revival. It has 16 bays. The lateral three bays on each side are recessed and have two storeys; the rest of the building is single-storied. The central seven bays form a recessed entrance behind six unfluted Ionic columns. Elsewhere the bays are divided by pilasters. The windows are sash windows. Along the top of the building is a cornice.[1] Inside is a central hall, a lecture theatre, a library, a museum, and meeting rooms, all lit from above by glazed domes.[3]

Present day[edit]

The Institution "exists to foster an environment for furthering medical and health education and knowledge".[7] It organises lectures and social events,[8] runs a library,[9] and hosts meetings of the Liverpool Medical History Society, which was founded in 1984.[10] It is a registered charity,[6][11] and forms part of the University of Liverpool.[3]

A portrait of Dr Richard Caton hangs in the Institution, who founded the Liverpool Medical Student's Society, as The Liverpool Royal Infirmary School of Medicine Debating Society (M.S.D.S.) in 1874.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Liverpool Medical Institution (1208429)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 22 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b Welcome, Liverpool Medical Institution, retrieved 7 August 2011 
  3. ^ a b c d Pye, Ken (2011), Discover Liverpool, Liverpool: Trinity Mirror Media, p. 32, ISBN 978-1-906802-90-5 
  4. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  5. ^ a b Pollard, Richard; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2006), Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 378, ISBN 0-300-10910-5 
  6. ^ a b Liverpool Medical Institution, Charity Commission, retrieved 7 August 2011 
  7. ^ Membership, Liverpool Medical Institution, retrieved 7 August 2011 
  8. ^ Diary of lectures & social events, Liverpool Medical Institution, retrieved 7 August 2011 
  9. ^ The Library, Liverpool Medical Institution, retrieved 7 August 2011 
  10. ^ Liverpool Medical History Society, Liverpool Medical Institution, retrieved 7 August 2011 
  11. ^ Disclaimer & site information, Liverpool Medical Institution, retrieved 7 August 2011 

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