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Liverpool Medical Institution is one of the oldest medical societies in the world, tracing its origins to the founding of the Liverpool Medical Library in 1779. For 50 years the Liverpool Medical Library was situated variously at the Liverpool Infirmary on Shaw's Brow, and the Liverpool Dispensary in Church Street. In the 1830s a campaign masterminded by Dr John Rutter, whose portrait is above, led to the raising of sufficient funds to erect the present building, which was opened in May 1837.

The building, designed by Clark Rampling, has many unique architectural features made possible by its position on the corner of Hope Street and Mount Pleasant, including the Victorian Lecture Theatre and the curved  Gallery with its glass roof domes. The building was extended in 1966 and underwent a major refurbishment in 1998 with the aid of Heritage Lottery funding.

The Institution continues to serve the purposes for which it was founded, adapting itself to meet the various challenges of the times. For nearly two centuries the beautiful Grade II* listed building has been a focus of medical life and a meeting place for the medical community of Merseyside, its primary role being that of a medical library. The LMI is a Registered Charity and now exists to foster an environment for furthering medical education and knowledge - undergraduate, postgraduate and across all specialties.

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Homepage photograph courtesy of Geoff Roberts Photography.

July - October 2014: 

 Liverpool Biennial presents: Drinks with the Artists lecture series

At the Liverpool Medical Institution 

A programme of lectures and screenings hosted by Biennial writers, artists, filmmakers, philosophers and cultural critics, followed by drinks. 

LMI News - check below for the latest news & events at the LMI...

16-Apr-2013New Date for Clinical Reflective Writing SeminarThursday 30th May 2013

28-Jan-2013Essential Appraisal & Revalidation Seminars at LMIGet a head start with medical revalidation with our appraisal and reflection seminars...

11-Jan-2013Royal Society of Medicine: UK versus TBMembers and followers may be interested in the RSM's upcoming TB conference - March 20th 2013

23-Nov-2012Next LMI MeetingHenry Cohen Lecture 29.11.2012

23-Nov-2012History of Medicine Students' Prize Evening8th Annual Prize Evening 4th December 2012


Dr Noel Chevasse, VC & Bar, MC - A Liverpool Hero

Bill Sergeant, retired Merseyside policeman

5.00pm - tea/coffee
5.30pm - lecture

Liverpool Medical History Society - please contact LMHS to book for this meeting:

Email LMHS Secretary:


Members to be admitted to Life Membership of the Institution:

Dr E M Bell  

Dr E M Preston 

Dr J R Clayden 

Dr J B Ridyard  

 Mr M J Drakeley 

Mr P K M Rostron

Mr J C Faux  

Dr J Seager

Mr G A McLoughlin 

Dr W Taylor  

Mr P Wake 

7.00pm - mince pies & mulled wine
7.30pm - admission of Life Members followed by musical entertainment & supper
                (dress - lounge suit)

Please book with: Liverpool Medical Institution
Venue: Liverpool Medical Institution

Thursday 18th December - Friday 19th December - LMI YEAR 12 MEDICAL CAREERS CONFERENCE 2014

So You Want To Be A Doctor?

The LMI's annual conference for lower sixth formers considering a career in medicine. 

Our two day course isdesigned to give a wide range of independent advice:

  • Discover which medical school and type of course is right for you, from actual medical undergraduates
  • Get the chance to try out your clinical skills in a hospital setting
  • Learn about admission policies and interview techniques from the people that review applications
  • Find out about a wide range of careers and specialties in medicine from junior doctors and consultants


Wednesday 24th December 2014
Reopening Monday 5th January 2015

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