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 pro

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 pro

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Earlier this week 2 eminent anaesthetists celebrated their birthdays, 98 years apart! Happy belated birthday to James Yo...
09/06/2021

Earlier this week 2 eminent anaesthetists celebrated their birthdays, 98 years apart! Happy belated birthday to James Young Simpson, who introduced chloroform as anaesthetic agent & Virginia Apgar, best known for developing the Apgar Score ๐Ÿ‘ถ #WednesdayWisdom #histmed

Are you ready for another #TriviaTuesday? Then let us know your best wrong answers for this #MysteryObject ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed
08/06/2021

Are you ready for another #TriviaTuesday? Then let us know your best wrong answers for this #MysteryObject ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed

Are you ready for another #TriviaTuesday? Then let us know your best wrong answers for this #MysteryObject ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed

Want to learn more about the exciting history of  emergency medicine? Then our next talk is for you!Join us as we explor...
03/06/2021

Want to learn more about the exciting history of emergency medicine? Then our next talk is for you!

Join us as we explore the origins of & developments in pre-hospital care ๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿš‘ #histmed

๐Ÿ“… Thurs 17 June, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ Free
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/3phR7TH

Want to learn more about the exciting history of emergency medicine? Then our next talk is for you!

Join us as we explore the origins of & developments in pre-hospital care ๐Ÿฉบ๐Ÿš‘ #histmed

๐Ÿ“… Thurs 17 June, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ Free
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/3phR7TH

There's a few places left for our workshop this Friday with @TonyMaloneUK!Learn about activism & make your own protest p...
02/06/2021

There's a few places left for our workshop this Friday with @TonyMaloneUK!

Learn about activism & make your own protest placards ๐Ÿชง๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ๐ŸŽจ

๐Ÿ“… Fri 4 June, 10.00-11.00
๐Ÿช™ Free
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/2SQICCQ

There's a few places left for our workshop this Friday with @TonyMaloneUK!

Learn about activism & make your own protest placards ๐Ÿชง๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ๐ŸŽจ

๐Ÿ“… Fri 4 June, 10.00-11.00
๐Ÿช™ Free
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/2SQICCQ

#DYK that in his American Museum, P. T. Barnum (a.k.a. #TheGreatestShowman) demonstrated the "ludicrous effects" of nitr...
02/06/2021

#DYK that in his American Museum, P. T. Barnum (a.k.a. #TheGreatestShowman) demonstrated the "ludicrous effects" of nitrous oxide? Laughing gas exhibitions were quite common in the mid-19th century on both sides of the Atlantic ๐Ÿฅด #WednesdayWisdom #histmed

#DYK that in his American Museum, P. T. Barnum (a.k.a. #TheGreatestShowman) demonstrated the "ludicrous effects" of nitrous oxide? Laughing gas exhibitions were quite common in the mid-19th century on both sides of the Atlantic ๐Ÿฅด #WednesdayWisdom #histmed

It's the first day of June & it happens to be a #TriviaTuesday! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ“ฃ Wrong answers only for this #MysteryObject! #histmed
01/06/2021

It's the first day of June & it happens to be a #TriviaTuesday! ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ“ฃ Wrong answers only for this #MysteryObject! #histmed

It's the first day of June & it happens to be a #TriviaTuesday! ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ“ฃ Wrong answers only for this #MysteryObject! #histmed

Humphry Davy died #OTD in 1829. #DYK that in addition to experimenting with nitrous oxide, he invented a miner's safety ...
29/05/2021

Humphry Davy died #OTD in 1829. #DYK that in addition to experimenting with nitrous oxide, he invented a miner's safety lamp? A truly bright man! ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ #histmed

Humphry Davy died #OTD in 1829. #DYK that in addition to experimenting with nitrous oxide, he invented a miner's safety lamp? A truly bright man! ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธ #histmed

Back when anaesthetic machines were a bit more colourful... Boyle green, McKesson pink, Walton beige - what's your favou...
28/05/2021

Back when anaesthetic machines were a bit more colourful... Boyle green, McKesson pink, Walton beige - what's your favourite? ๐Ÿ˜ #histmed #fridaymorning

What's this week's mystery object? ๐Ÿค”For the last #TriviaTuesday of May, we want wrong answers only! #histmed
25/05/2021

What's this week's mystery object? ๐Ÿค”

For the last #TriviaTuesday of May, we want wrong answers only! #histmed

What's this week's mystery object? ๐Ÿค”

For the last #TriviaTuesday of May, we want wrong answers only! #histmed

Make your household more sustainable & have fun with the kiddos at our #ZeroWaste workshop! ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ“… Tue 1 Jun, 11.00-12.00๐Ÿ‘ช A...
19/05/2021

Make your household more sustainable & have fun with the kiddos at our #ZeroWaste workshop! ๐ŸŒฟ

๐Ÿ“… Tue 1 Jun, 11.00-12.00
๐Ÿ‘ช Ages 9+
๐Ÿช™ ยฃ5
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/33E8fJh

#Sustainability #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #FamilyFun

Make your household more sustainable & have fun with the kiddos at our #ZeroWaste workshop! ๐ŸŒฟ

๐Ÿ“… Tue 1 Jun, 11.00-12.00
๐Ÿ‘ช Ages 9+
๐Ÿช™ ยฃ5
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/33E8fJh

#Sustainability #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency #FamilyFun

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay to our visitors & fellow museums! ๐Ÿฅณ Although we remain closed for now, we shall be back w...
18/05/2021

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay to our visitors & fellow museums! ๐Ÿฅณ Although we remain closed for now, we shall be back with a bang. We've got some very exciting plans for the museum... Can you guess what we're working on? ๐Ÿ” #MuseumDay #Museums

Happy #InternationalMuseumsDay to our visitors & fellow museums! ๐Ÿฅณ Although we remain closed for now, we shall be back with a bang. We've got some very exciting plans for the museum... Can you guess what we're working on? ๐Ÿ” #MuseumDay #Museums

๐Ÿšจ Half term activity ๐ŸšจLooking for something useful to do with your young 'uns during half term? Come along to our fun #Z...
13/05/2021

๐Ÿšจ Half term activity ๐Ÿšจ

Looking for something useful to do with your young 'uns during half term? Come along to our fun #ZeroWaste workshop & make your own natural cleaning products ๐Ÿงผ

๐Ÿ“… Tue 1 Jun, 11.00-12.00
๐Ÿ‘ช Ages 9+
๐Ÿช™ ยฃ5
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/33E8fJh

๐Ÿšจ Half term activity ๐Ÿšจ

Looking for something useful to do with your young 'uns during half term? Come along to our fun #ZeroWaste workshop & make your own natural cleaning products ๐Ÿงผ

๐Ÿ“… Tue 1 Jun, 11.00-12.00
๐Ÿ‘ช Ages 9+
๐Ÿช™ ยฃ5
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/33E8fJh

Well, well, well... What do we have here?Wrong answers only this #TriviaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜ #histmed
11/05/2021

Well, well, well... What do we have here?

Wrong answers only this #TriviaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜ #histmed

Well, well, well... What do we have here?

Wrong answers only this #TriviaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜ #histmed

Today is #DayoftheMidwife! ๐ŸŽ‰Join us later this month for *Tea & Sympathy or IVs & Epidurals?* to hear more about the his...
05/05/2021

Today is #DayoftheMidwife! ๐ŸŽ‰

Join us later this month for *Tea & Sympathy or IVs & Epidurals?* to hear more about the history of midwifery practice & find out what obstetric anaesthetists do today ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ“… Thur 20 May, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/3b3BrgU

Today is #DayoftheMidwife! ๐ŸŽ‰

Join us later this month for *Tea & Sympathy or IVs & Epidurals?* to hear more about the history of midwifery practice & find out what obstetric anaesthetists do today ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ“… Thur 20 May, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ https://bit.ly/3b3BrgU

Can anyone tell us what Ivan Magill is involved in here?! ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿท#CaptionThis #MedTwitter #fridaymorning
30/04/2021

Can anyone tell us what Ivan Magill is involved in here?! ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿท#CaptionThis #MedTwitter #fridaymorning

Can anyone tell us what Ivan Magill is involved in here?! ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿท#CaptionThis #MedTwitter #fridaymorning

28/04/2021

#DYK that in 1942, Pharmacist's Mate Wheeler Lipes performed an appendectomy aboard a submarine? He used bent metal spoons as muscle retractors & the ship's communications officer gave the anaesthetic using an ether mask made from a tea strainer covered with gauze... ๐Ÿคจ #histmed

Good morning friends! โ˜€๏ธIt's #TriviaTuesday & we want to know from you what this is... ๐Ÿค” #histmed
27/04/2021

Good morning friends! โ˜€๏ธ

It's #TriviaTuesday & we want to know from you what this is... ๐Ÿค” #histmed

Good morning friends! โ˜€๏ธ

It's #TriviaTuesday & we want to know from you what this is... ๐Ÿค” #histmed

โœ”๏ธ  Get @Aimuseums's Tackling Inequality Hallmarks Grant Award supported by @ace_national โฌœ๏ธ Recruit *oral historian*โฌœ๏ธ ...
22/04/2021

โœ”๏ธ Get @Aimuseums's Tackling Inequality Hallmarks Grant Award supported by @ace_national
โฌœ๏ธ Recruit *oral historian*
โฌœ๏ธ Recruit *equality, diversity & inclusion consultant*

Join the project team! http://bit.ly/2Kkxb10 ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

#MuseumJobs #OralHistory #MuseumConsultant

โœ”๏ธ Get @Aimuseums's Tackling Inequality Hallmarks Grant Award supported by @ace_national
โฌœ๏ธ Recruit *oral historian*
โฌœ๏ธ Recruit *equality, diversity & inclusion consultant*

Join the project team! http://bit.ly/2Kkxb10 ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

#MuseumJobs #OralHistory #MuseumConsultant

Happy #EarthDay ! ๐ŸŒฟOur upcoming exhibition explores the environmental impact of #anaesthesia & asks what the specialty (...
22/04/2021

Happy #EarthDay !

๐ŸŒฟOur upcoming exhibition explores the environmental impact of #anaesthesia & asks what the specialty (& patients) can do to reduce it ๐Ÿ‘‡ Watch this space!

#GreenAnaesthesia #EarthDay2021 #ClimateAction #Sustainability

Happy #EarthDay !

๐ŸŒฟOur upcoming exhibition explores the environmental impact of #anaesthesia & asks what the specialty (& patients) can do to reduce it ๐Ÿ‘‡ Watch this space!

#GreenAnaesthesia #EarthDay2021 #ClimateAction #Sustainability

There are still tickets left for our #socialprescribing talk next week! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ“† Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00๐Ÿช™ FREE๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members):...
21/04/2021

There are still tickets left for our #socialprescribing talk next week! ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ“† Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members): http://bit.ly/38OW7YY
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (non-members): http://bit.ly/2P8B3pd

#hospitalart #HUI #mentalhealth

There are still tickets left for our #socialprescribing talk next week! ๐Ÿ‘‡

๐Ÿ“† Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members): http://bit.ly/38OW7YY
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (non-members): http://bit.ly/2P8B3pd

#hospitalart #HUI #mentalhealth

What are those?This #TriviaTuesday we want wrong answers only ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed
20/04/2021

What are those?

This #TriviaTuesday we want wrong answers only ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed

What are those?

This #TriviaTuesday we want wrong answers only ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed

๐ŸšจAttention anaesthetists๐ŸšจAre you passionate about education and learning? Can you share your knowledge and experience wi...
15/04/2021

๐ŸšจAttention anaesthetists๐Ÿšจ

Are you passionate about education and learning? Can you share your knowledge and experience with young people to inspire and engage them about anaesthesia? Then we want to hear from you!

Email us for more info: [email protected]

๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

๐ŸšจAttention anaesthetists๐Ÿšจ

Are you passionate about education and learning? Can you share your knowledge and experience with young people to inspire and engage them about anaesthesia? Then we want to hear from you!

Email us for more info: [email protected]

๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

#DYK Samuel Johnson's dictionary, published 266 years ago tomorrow, didn't contain the word '#anaesthesia' although it h...
14/04/2021

#DYK Samuel Johnson's dictionary, published 266 years ago tomorrow, didn't contain the word '#anaesthesia' although it had appeared in other dictionaries before? Oliver Wendell Holmes suggested it to describe the state produced by the inhalation of ether in 1846 #WednesdayWisdom

Welcome to another #TriviaTuesday!Look at what we came across recently... A very nifty vaporizer using a Maxwell House C...
13/04/2021

Welcome to another #TriviaTuesday!

Look at what we came across recently... A very nifty vaporizer using a Maxwell House Coffee jar, designed by Tom Boulton! Further proof of the anaesthetist's love of coffee โ˜•๏ธ #coffeetime

This #WorldHealthDay we're thinking about how to improve our health with social prescribing ๐Ÿ‘€Curious to find out more ab...
07/04/2021

This #WorldHealthDay we're thinking about how to improve our health with social prescribing ๐Ÿ‘€

Curious to find out more about #socialprescribing? Join our talk!

๐Ÿ“†Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members): http://bit.ly/38OW7YY
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (non-members): http://bit.ly/2P8B3pd

This #WorldHealthDay we're thinking about how to improve our health with social prescribing ๐Ÿ‘€

Curious to find out more about #socialprescribing? Join our talk!

๐Ÿ“†Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members): http://bit.ly/38OW7YY
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (non-members): http://bit.ly/2P8B3pd

It's Harvey Cushing's 152nd birthday this week ๐Ÿฅณ He was the first to use blood pressure measurements during #anaesthesia...
06/04/2021

It's Harvey Cushing's 152nd birthday this week ๐Ÿฅณ He was the first to use blood pressure measurements during #anaesthesia in 1901, having brought Scipione Riva-Rocci's sphygmomanometer to the United States. #TriviaTuesday #histmed #MedTwitter

It's Harvey Cushing's 152nd birthday this week ๐Ÿฅณ He was the first to use blood pressure measurements during #anaesthesia in 1901, having brought Scipione Riva-Rocci's sphygmomanometer to the United States. #TriviaTuesday #histmed #MedTwitter

It's #DoctorsDay AND the anniversary of Crawford Long's first ether anaesthetic! ๐ŸŽ‰ #OTD in 1842, Long removed a tumor on...
30/03/2021

It's #DoctorsDay AND the anniversary of Crawford Long's first ether anaesthetic! ๐ŸŽ‰ #OTD in 1842, Long removed a tumor on the neck of patient James Venable, though he didn't publish a report until 1849... #histmed #TriviaTuesday

It's #DoctorsDay AND the anniversary of Crawford Long's first ether anaesthetic! ๐ŸŽ‰ #OTD in 1842, Long removed a tumor on the neck of patient James Venable, though he didn't publish a report until 1849... #histmed #TriviaTuesday

It's #GoodHairDay, everyone! ๐Ÿ’Who wore it best? Dishevelled Morton? Attempted over comb Snow? Clean side part Magill? Di...
26/03/2021

It's #GoodHairDay, everyone! ๐Ÿ’

Who wore it best? Dishevelled Morton? Attempted over comb Snow? Clean side part Magill? Discuss! #MedTwitter

Hello friends ๐Ÿ‘‹What's this?! Wrong answers only on this #TrivaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜‰
23/03/2021

Hello friends ๐Ÿ‘‹

What's this?! Wrong answers only on this #TrivaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hello friends ๐Ÿ‘‹

What's this?! Wrong answers only on this #TrivaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜‰

As it's #WorldSleepDay, let's have a closer look at our motto & crest!Our motto is 'in somno securitas' - 'safe in sleep...
19/03/2021

As it's #WorldSleepDay, let's have a closer look at our motto & crest!

Our motto is 'in somno securitas' - 'safe in sleep' ๐Ÿ’ค

There's the rod of Aesculapius & two big poppy heads... Any idea who the two sleepy figures are? Clue: they're father & son...๐Ÿ”Ž #MedTwitter

As it's #WorldSleepDay, let's have a closer look at our motto & crest!

Our motto is 'in somno securitas' - 'safe in sleep' ๐Ÿ’ค

There's the rod of Aesculapius & two big poppy heads... Any idea who the two sleepy figures are? Clue: they're father & son...๐Ÿ”Ž #MedTwitter

On #SocialPrescribingDay we want to invite you to our talk on #socialprescribing in the #NHS! ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŒณ*Cultural Entitlement ...
18/03/2021

On #SocialPrescribingDay we want to invite you to our talk on #socialprescribing in the #NHS! ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŒณ

*Cultural Entitlement to the Arts and its Healing Power*

๐Ÿ“† Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members): http://bit.ly/38OW7YY
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (non-members): http://bit.ly/2P8B3pd

On #SocialPrescribingDay we want to invite you to our talk on #socialprescribing in the #NHS! ๐ŸŽจ๐ŸŽญ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŒณ

*Cultural Entitlement to the Arts and its Healing Power*

๐Ÿ“† Thur 29 April, 18.00-19.00
๐Ÿช™ FREE
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (members): http://bit.ly/38OW7YY
๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ (non-members): http://bit.ly/2P8B3pd

Happy #StPatricksDay to our Irish friends! #DYK that Henry Featherstone wanted Sarah Joyce O'Malley to be the first Iris...
17/03/2021

Happy #StPatricksDay to our Irish friends! #DYK that Henry Featherstone wanted Sarah Joyce O'Malley to be the first Irish lead of the @Assoc_Anaes back in 1932? She was probably the first fully trained anaesthetist in Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช #WednesdayWisdom #histmed #MedTwitter

Happy #StPatricksDay to our Irish friends! #DYK that Henry Featherstone wanted Sarah Joyce O'Malley to be the first Irish lead of the @Assoc_Anaes back in 1932? She was probably the first fully trained anaesthetist in Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช #WednesdayWisdom #histmed #MedTwitter

Another week, another #TriviaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜ŠCan you help us out & tell us what this was used for? ๐Ÿค” #MedTwitter #histmed
16/03/2021

Another week, another #TriviaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜Š

Can you help us out & tell us what this was used for? ๐Ÿค” #MedTwitter #histmed

Another week, another #TriviaTuesday ๐Ÿ˜Š

Can you help us out & tell us what this was used for? ๐Ÿค” #MedTwitter #histmed

Joseph Priestley, who isolated nitrous oxide in the 1770s, was born #OTD in 1733 ๐Ÿฅณ He was prolific in a number of areas,...
13/03/2021

Joseph Priestley, who isolated nitrous oxide in the 1770s, was born #OTD in 1733 ๐Ÿฅณ He was prolific in a number of areas, publishing over 150 works. #DYK because he supported the French and American revolutions, his home & lab were burned in the Birmingham Riots 1791... #histmed

Joseph Priestley, who isolated nitrous oxide in the 1770s, was born #OTD in 1733 ๐Ÿฅณ He was prolific in a number of areas, publishing over 150 works. #DYK because he supported the French and American revolutions, his home & lab were burned in the Birmingham Riots 1791... #histmed

It's #TriviaTuesday & we have a question...What could this be?! Wrong answers only ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed #MedTwitter
09/03/2021

It's #TriviaTuesday & we have a question...

What could this be?! Wrong answers only ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed #MedTwitter

It's #TriviaTuesday & we have a question...

What could this be?! Wrong answers only ๐Ÿ‘‡ #histmed #MedTwitter

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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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