During the Middle Ages, many monasteries had an infirmary and a hospital where they treated the sick. This was also the case for the Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie, later known as the Priory of St Thomas Beckett that was located where Southwark Cathedral now stands. This Priory was destroyed by a fire in 1212, and soon afterwards the monastic community obtained a new site on the east side of what is now Borough High Street. St Thomas' then provided shelter for the sick, the needy and the dying in its hospital for the next 650 years.
Is it a girl or boy? How much did they weigh? How was the delivery? All of these questions are common on the birth of a baby today in the Western World. They assume that childbirth is not dangerous for the mother or baby. However, this has changed markedly over the past century which is a reflection of medical and social changes. In the UK, there was a steep decline in maternal mortality from the 1930s.
Join us at the Old Operating Theatre Museum for this one off occasion when the Herb Garret will transform itself to accommodate a very special Mad Hatter's Tea Party! It would be only appropriate that this experience will have specialty teas, including herbal ones inspired by our Herb Garret. In addition, our guests will be able to choose from a range of amazing homemade baked goods and savoury treats to nibble on.
With no anaesthesia to dull the pain and no antiseptics to stop infection, operations in the past were a terrible ordeal and many surgeries ended in the patient's death. However sometimes, a resilient and lucky patient with a daring surgeon could survive even the most experimental of operations!