The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre tells the remarkable story of anaesthesia, from its first public demonstration in 1846 to modern day anaesthetists working in the aftermath of wars and terrorist attacks.
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The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions. The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton's demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia. Opening Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00-16:00 We highly recommend that visitors make an appointment. Free admission Tube stations: Oxford Circus, Regents Park, Great Portland Street Train stations: Euston, St Pancras/ King's Cross Buses: 7, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27, 30, 55, 73, 88, 98, 176, 205, 553, C2 For more information visit: http://www.aagbi.org/education/heritage-centre

Operating as usual

#WednesdayWisdom coming at you 👇Shakespeare was a fan of plant potions in his plays. In Macbeth, the three witches creat...
21/10/2020

#WednesdayWisdom coming at you 👇

Shakespeare was a fan of plant potions in his plays. In Macbeth, the three witches create a deadly potion using hemlock. It was also the plant given to Greek philosopher Socrates at his execution...

But #DYK hemlock was used by Greek and Islamic physicians for pain relief? Highly toxic, one had to be very careful with the dosage! 😳 #histmed

This #TriviaTuesday, we present to you this little cleaning kit for a Cyprane Type A Fluotec vaporiser (1957). Among oth...
20/10/2020

This #TriviaTuesday, we present to you this little cleaning kit for a Cyprane Type A Fluotec vaporiser (1957). Among other things it includes Vaseline, shellac, pliers & an instruction handbook. 🪛🔧

What's in your tool kit right now? 💼 #ObjectOfTheWeek #histmed

16/10/2020

Wishing everyone a happy #WorldAnaesthesiaDay today!! 🥳

We made you a little video for this very special occasion 🎥 🍿 Find out about what happened on 16 October 1846 & the events that followed... #histmed

Back in July we ran a virtual #art & #mindfulness workshop with our members 🎈Since we can't display the beautiful result...
15/10/2020

Back in July we ran a virtual #art & #mindfulness workshop with our members 🎈

Since we can't display the beautiful results in our museum at the moment, we made you a little *online exhibition*! Check it out: https://bit.ly/2FvqIPX 🖼

#TBT #MuseumPassion

#DYK that mesmerism (a form of hypnosis) was sometimes used as pain relief in surgery before the introduction of ether? ...
14/10/2020

#DYK that mesmerism (a form of hypnosis) was sometimes used as pain relief in surgery before the introduction of ether? 🥴 Doctors were very divided on the subject & it was eventually banned from @uclh after 2 failed trials... #WednesdayWisdom

It's #TriviaTuesday, our favourite day of the week! 🤓What's this little guy? What does it do? Your best (or funniest) gu...
13/10/2020

It's #TriviaTuesday, our favourite day of the week! 🤓

What's this little guy? What does it do? Your best (or funniest) guesses please. 👇 #histmed #MysteryObject

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zah...
07/10/2020

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!

#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi al-Ansari used a ‘soporific sponge’ soaked in a herbal potion as a sedative in the 10C AD? This type of inhalation anaesthesia was still used in the 19C

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zah...
07/10/2020

Starting today we'll serve you #WednesdayWisdom in the form of interesting (🤞) facts every week!

#DYK Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi al-Ansari used a ‘soporific sponge’ soaked in a herbal potion as a sedative in the 10C AD? This type of inhalation anaesthesia was still used in the 19C

Welcome back to #TriviaTuesday!Who remembers this guy? It's a Manley ventilator, designed by Roger Manley within a few d...
06/10/2020

Welcome back to #TriviaTuesday!
Who remembers this guy? It's a Manley ventilator, designed by Roger Manley within a few days of attending a symposium on ventilatory failure at The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1959. It became the most widely used anaesthesia ventilator in the UK. #histmed

What are this patient's #FridayThoughts? #CaptionThis
02/10/2020

What are this patient's #FridayThoughts? #CaptionThis

"I saw the glitter of polished Steel – I closed my Eyes."Novelist Frances Burney underwent a mastectomy #OTD in 1811 - i...
30/09/2020

"I saw the glitter of polished Steel – I closed my Eyes."

Novelist Frances Burney underwent a mastectomy #OTD in 1811 - in the days before modern anaesthesia. A year later, she wrote a chilling account describing her experience of the operation... http://bit.ly/2kvZjmn 👈📜

We might need some extra light this gloomy #TriviaTuesday morning & this 'light anaesthetic' (get it?) is just for us. 💡...
29/09/2020

We might need some extra light this gloomy #TriviaTuesday morning & this 'light anaesthetic' (get it?) is just for us. 💡

Do you have any converted medical equipment at home like this Penthrane vaporiser?

Happy Friday! We know how much you love this little guy & how well you know it. So you won’t have any difficulties spott...
25/09/2020

Happy Friday! We know how much you love this little guy & how well you know it. So you won’t have any difficulties spotting the 5 differences... 😈 #LookClosely #FridayFun #SpotTheDifference

'Father of Modern Surgery' William Halsted was born #OTD in 1852. He not only  introduced rubber gloves into the operati...
23/09/2020

'Father of Modern Surgery' William Halsted was born #OTD in 1852. He not only introduced rubber gloves into the operating theatre & pioneered many new operations, he was also an advocate of #anaesthesia, introduced local anaesthesia in the US & helped develop it. #histmed

Another week, another #TriviaTuesday ☀️Today: laryngoscopes! Can you name (and date) all of them? #histmed
22/09/2020

Another week, another #TriviaTuesday ☀️

Today: laryngoscopes! Can you name (and date) all of them? #histmed

Have you heard?! Our Heritage Lates are back! We’re excited to invite you to Embellish & Empower 👇Our current exhibition...
20/09/2020

Have you heard?! Our Heritage Lates are back! We’re excited to invite you to Embellish & Empower 👇

Our current exhibition, Comfortably Numb, explores local & regional anaesthesia - #DYK some mastectomies are now carried out under regional #anaesthesia? Join us on 08 October!

**Embellish & Empower: Post-Mastectomy Tattooing with Anna Garvey Tattoo**
📅 Thu 08 Oct 2020, 18.00-19.00
🖥 Virtual
💰 £5
🎟 (members) https://bit.ly/31UuIBZ
🎟 (non-members) https://bit.ly/2Z5yPJE

It’s #OpenHouseLondon weekend! The doors of our home at 21 Portland Place remain closed today but we can at least tell y...
19/09/2020

It’s #OpenHouseLondon weekend! The doors of our home at 21 Portland Place remain closed today but we can at least tell you an interesting fact. 😊

#DYK that Sir Arthur Pearson, founder of Blind Veterans UK opened a house for blind officers during the First World War at 21 Portland Place where he lived with them? Today, there is an English Heritage blue plaque on the building commemorating this.

They stayed there until 1922, a year after Pearson’s death. Sadly, we don’t have any images of 21 Portland Place during this time. Happen to have some lying around? Send them our way! 📮

Shanah tovah! We’re wishing all our Jewish followers a happy #RoshHashanahThroughout his life, his Jewish faith was very...
18/09/2020

Shanah tovah! We’re wishing all our Jewish followers a happy #RoshHashanah

Throughout his life, his Jewish faith was very important to eminent anaesthetist William Woolf Mushin. He modified this piece of equipment, what could it be? #GuessTheObject #MysteryObject

Carl Koller’s findings on cocaine as local anaesthetic were presented at a congress #OTD in 1884. It was Koller’s collea...
15/09/2020

Carl Koller’s findings on cocaine as local anaesthetic were presented at a congress #OTD in 1884. It was Koller’s colleague presenting rather than himself as he couldn’t afford to go... 💸 #StudentLife

Still, 'Coca Koller' became quite famous for his discovery. #TriviaTuesday

📸 cocaine bottle: Science Museum

14/09/2020

Got a burning question about the history of #anaesthesia? Want to find out about working in a medical #museum? Ask us this Wednesday on #AskACuratorDay! 🙌

Leave your question in the comments or @ us on Wednesday - we'll be answering 9:30-10:00 & 15:00-16:00. See you there!

What's going on here? What are those 12 snowmen looking at? #CaptionThis #MedTwitter
11/09/2020

What's going on here? What are those 12 snowmen looking at? #CaptionThis #MedTwitter

Okay let's have some fun this #TriviaTuesday.This is an C18th rectal resuscitation set used to revive the drowned with s...
08/09/2020

Okay let's have some fun this #TriviaTuesday.

This is an C18th rectal resuscitation set used to revive the drowned with stimulating tobacco vapours. (The C18th was wild.) #DYK this is where the saying “blowing up smoke up one’s a**” comes from? True story. #histmed #MedTwitter

Surgeon William Halsted, 'Father of Modern Surgery', died #OTD in 1922. Self-experimenting with cocaine for decades, he ...
07/09/2020

Surgeon William Halsted, 'Father of Modern Surgery', died #OTD in 1922. Self-experimenting with cocaine for decades, he developed an addiction to it. The treatment for this was – yep – morphine, of which he had at least 200mg daily. #histmed

📢 Our Heritage #Lates are back! Join us for:Embellish & Empower: Post-Mastectomy Tattooing with Anna Garvey Tattoo📅 Thu ...
04/09/2020

📢 Our Heritage #Lates are back! Join us for:

Embellish & Empower: Post-Mastectomy Tattooing with Anna Garvey Tattoo

📅 Thu 08 Oct 2020, 18.00-19.00
🖥 Virtual
💰 £5
🎟 (members) https://bit.ly/31UuIBZ
🎟 (non-members) https://bit.ly/2Z5yPJE

#FridayFeeling #FridayThoughts #tattooart

This #TriviaTuesday we want to hear your favourite medical #TongueTwisters!Any terms you love the sounds of or just cann...
01/09/2020

This #TriviaTuesday we want to hear your favourite medical #TongueTwisters!

Any terms you love the sounds of or just cannot pronounce? We think oscillotonometer sounds lovely but struggle with sphygmomanometer 🤷 #TuesdayTongueTwister

We've got Friday facts for you this #FridayMorning!#DYK when the government considered banning the manufacture of heroin...
28/08/2020

We've got Friday facts for you this #FridayMorning!

#DYK when the government considered banning the manufacture of heroin, the Association of Anaesthetists was consulted. A sub-committee conducted an investigation to find out to what extent heroin was used by anaesthetists...

It found that 21.5% of those questioned not only used it but also regarded it as irreplaceable! Suggestions for alternatives included cocaine and alcohol, specifically gin. #histmed
Read more in this 1957 article: https://bit.ly/2YB91Vd

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We're bringing back Jimmy & Airway for #NationalDogDay! Jimmy helped with the development of the first human ECG while A...
26/08/2020

We're bringing back Jimmy & Airway for #NationalDogDay!

Jimmy helped with the development of the first human ECG while Airway helped with that of the cuffed ET tube. Dogs really seem to be an anaesthetist's best friend. #dogsoftwitter #histmed🐕

Welcome back to #TriviaTuesday! ⚡️What’s this?! We’ll be well impressed if you know this 130-year-old bad boy. Give us y...
25/08/2020

Welcome back to #TriviaTuesday! ⚡️

What’s this?! We’ll be well impressed if you know this 130-year-old bad boy. Give us your best (or funniest) guess! #histmed #MedTwitter #MysteryObject

#HappyFriday all! Do we have a treat for you. We're running another #art & #mindfulness workshop exploring #breath! This...
21/08/2020

#HappyFriday all! Do we have a treat for you. We're running another #art & #mindfulness workshop exploring #breath! This time, get creative with your coffee.

📅 3 Sept 2020, 17:00
🖥 Virtual
💰 FREE
🎟 (members): https://bit.ly/2FI50YH
🎟 (non-members): https://bit.ly/3iVfD8M

It appears to be #MailOrderCatalogueDay - who knew?!Here are some fun anaesthetic accessories included in a Thackray cat...
18/08/2020

It appears to be #MailOrderCatalogueDay - who knew?!

Here are some fun anaesthetic accessories included in a Thackray catalogue for surgical instruments from way back, complete with cocaine spray & scary-looking forceps 📙💉 #TriviaTuesday #histmed

#OTD in 1898, August Bier performed the first spinal anaesthesia 💉 It was the first of 6 trial operations using cocaine....
16/08/2020

#OTD in 1898, August Bier performed the first spinal anaesthesia 💉 It was the first of 6 trial operations using cocaine. After half of the patients experienced headaches & vomiting post op, Bier tried it on himself & his assistant “to reach a well-informed opinion.” #histmed

“Given the nature of my job as an #anaesthetist during this covid-19 pandemic, it was intriguing to think of breath from...
13/08/2020

“Given the nature of my job as an #anaesthetist during this covid-19 pandemic, it was intriguing to think of breath from such a different perspective.”

3 weeks ago we ran our 1st virtual #art & #mindfulness workshop & it was a lot of fun 🎈 #ThrowbackThursday

Watch this space 👀

Because you seemed to like guessing the airways the other week, this #TriviaTuesday we want to know: What’s the deal wit...
11/08/2020

Because you seemed to like guessing the airways the other week, this #TriviaTuesday we want to know:

What’s the deal with this pogo stick-resembling one?! 🤔 #histmed #MysteryObject #MedTwitter

Bad boy of #anaesthesia William Morton was born #OTD in 1819. He might have carried out the 1st successful, documented e...
09/08/2020

Bad boy of #anaesthesia William Morton was born #OTD in 1819. He might have carried out the 1st successful, documented ether anaesthetic, but he also tried to patent the substance & get Congress to give him $100,000 worth of compensation for his discovery... 🤨 #histmed

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21 Portland Place
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W1B 1PY

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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02076311650

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The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions. The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton's demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia. Opening Hours: Monday (except bank holidays), Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00-16:00 We highly recommend that visitors make an appointment. Free admission Tube stations: Oxford Circus, Regents Park, Great Portland Street Train stations: Euston, St Pancras/ King's Cross Buses: 7, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27, 30, 55, 73, 88, 98, 176, 205, 553, C2 For more information visit: http://www.aagbi.org/education/heritage-centre

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