The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is revealing the secrets to finding the Philosophers’ Stone, as part of its new public exhibition – Searching for the Elixir of Life: The mysteries and legacies of Alchemy – which looks at the ancient tradition of alchemy that stretches back thousands of years and was a mysterious early version of science and spiritualism. This is the first time in 337 years that the college’s fascinating collection of alchemical books and manuscripts has been put on public exhibition. The display will include the College’s Ripley Scroll – one of only 23 surviving copies anywhere in the world, and the only one in Scotland. The scroll uses symbols and illustrations to reveal the steps needed to create the Philosophers’ Stone.
The exhibition is free to attend and open to the public from 10am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, until summer 2019, at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ.