Maughan Library, King's College London

The Maughan Library, King's College London, hosts a rolling prggramme of public exhibitions of material from its own collections, as well as items on loan from other libraries and musueums. Exhibitions take place in the matchless surroundings of the Weston Room (the former Rolls Chapel).

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Normal exhibition opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 9.30-17.00.
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Entry to exhibitions is free.
Visitors who are not registered members of the Maughan Library are required to complete an exhibition ticket on arrival at the Library and to present some form of photographic ID. The exhibition ticket is also available to print or download from our website.

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Title page of 'An essay on the shaking palsy'

Parkinson of the disease

  • 11 October — 16 December 2017 *on now

200 years ago the London apothecary-surgeon, James Parkinson (1755-1824) characterised a hitherto unrecognised disorder of shaking, posture and gait. In this exhibition we mark the bicentenary of the publication of the pamphlet in which he explained his findings, 'An essay on the shaking palsy' (1817). We explore the Essay itself – its reception, influence and importance – and the life and many interests of its author. When the Essay appeared, Parkinson was nearing retirement from his Hoxton apothecary’s shop. He was one of the founders of the Geological Society of London, and was also known for his inspired radical political pamphleteering of the 1790s, penned under the thinly disguised pseudonym of ‘Old Hubert’. All his life his sympathies lay with the poor and down-trodden, and with attempts to hear their voices and improve their lives. This exhibition traces the naming and framing of the ‘shaking palsy’, now known as Parkinson’s disease, and the shifting understandings of its clinical manifestations, causes, treatment, and impact.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Entry to the exhibition is free, but please consult our web pages or contact us on 020 7848 1843 to check details of opening times and access.


Maughan Library, King's College London
Chancery Lane




020 7848 1843

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