Weekly Talks and Activities

The museum offers a number of talks and activities to the public. Some of our talks and activities require booking, but others are open to the public. These talks are covered with museum admission fees (£3.50 under 16, £5 concessions, £6.50 adults, £14 families).

Victorian Surgery Talk

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Every Saturday 2:00pm

A surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital of 1822. Before the advent of anaesthesia, an operation had to be swift. Without hand-washing or antiseptics, the chance of later infection was high.

Not recommended for small children.

Booking is advised due to limited capacity. To make a reservation you can call us at 020 71882679, or e-mail us at oldoperatingtheatre@gmail.com.

 


 

 

Herbs, the Garret and the Old Operating Theatre

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Detail of the Herb Garret. Photo by MAWalker.

Every Sunday 2:00pm

In the past, medicines were made from plants, animals and even precious stones.
Learn how ‘drugs’ such as foxglove, myrrh, and unicorn horns were used.
Examine real herbs in the attic space, originally used by the apothecary of St Thomas’ Hospital.

Booking is advised due to limited capacity.

To make a reservation you can call us at 020 71882679, or e-mail us at oldoperatingtheatre@gmail.com.


Museum Tours

Every Sunday at 12:00.

Want to learn more about the museum’s history? You can now book a museum talk on Sundays. Max. of 10 people. Booking is required. To make a reservation you can call us at 020 71882679, or e-mail us at oldoperatingtheatre@gmail.com.

En Castellano e Italiano

Every Saturday 12:00-12:30 Spanish; 12:30-1:00 pm Italian

Want to learn more about the museum’s history? English is not your first language? You can now book a museum talk on Saturdays in Spanish and Italian. Max. of 10 people. Booking is required. To make a reservation you can call us at 020 71882679, or e-mail us at oldoperatingtheatre@gmail.com.

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Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty – “Flayed Angel” He is known for anatomical drawings from the 1700’s and he also helped develop the coloUr-printing process.

El museo ofrece una charla en castellano todos los sábados entre las 12:00. Es necesario reservar sitio ya que solo podemos acomodar como máximo 10 personas. Para reservar llamar 020 71882679, o enviar un correo a oldoperatingtheatre@gmail.com.

Il museo offre pure un breve guida in italiano ogni Sabato alle 12:30. Per participare, si prega di prenotare in anticipo via e-mail oldoperatingtheatre@gmail.com o chiamando al nostro numero di telefono: 020 71882679.


Drop-In Art Sessions

EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY
The museum welcomes individual artists in our drop-in art sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 5:00pm. We can only accommodate a maximum of 2 people per day, so booking in advance is advised. We have paper, pencils, and stools available at the museum.


IS IT SCARY?

Our talks can be graphic in content, particularly where describing the history of surgery. They are pitched at an adult audience and it last for up to 45 minutes. If in doubt please contact us to discuss the content of a particular event. We give some indication of age range below. Generally, children of 7 plus will find them suitable. However, the Museum itself has plenty of activities to divert the attention of children from the toddler upwards. Booking is not normally necessary, except for our Half Term events where it is highly recommended as the Museum has a capacity of only 60.

PLEASE NOTE: We strongly advise booking, as places are limited and often in great demand. The museum is very small and has a maximum capacity of only 60 people.