1. The Evelyn Tables, early 1640s
These displays, thought to be the oldest anatomical preparation in Europe, were acquired by the writer John Evelyn on a visit to Padua, Italy – presumably because his idea of a good souvenir was a bit dodgy. Individually showing the nerves, veins and arteries of the human body, the pine tables (obviously not matching the decor in Evelyn’s house) were initially donated to the Royal Society. They then changed hands many times before reaching their final resting place in the Royal College of Surgeons’ Hunterian Museum, where they have been for the past 200 years.
Find them in the museum entrance