The Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Old Operating Theatre Museum The Old Operating Theatre Museum, and Herb Garret is one of the most unusual Museums in London. It is in quite an amazing location - in the Roof of an English Baroque church which was used as a Herb Garret, and converted into an Operating Theatre
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#OldOpRecommends: The Little Book of Medicinal Plants by Elisabeth Trotignon. A pleasingly compact encyclopedia, this li...
01/05/2021

#OldOpRecommends: The Little Book of Medicinal Plants by Elisabeth Trotignon. A pleasingly compact encyclopedia, this little book explains the origins and therapeutic properties of the most well-known medicinal plants. It can tell you how aspirin originated from willow, where eucalyptus comes from, and what benefits chamomile tea can bring you, as well as much more about more than 70 types of medicinal plant. It’s also beautifully presented, with rose-gold edged pages, and richly illustrated throughout with vintage images. A stunning addition to your book shelves! And you can now get it in our online shop here 👉http://ow.ly/eXH250EabM7

#OldOpRecommends: The Little Book of Medicinal Plants by Elisabeth Trotignon. A pleasingly compact encyclopedia, this little book explains the origins and therapeutic properties of the most well-known medicinal plants. It can tell you how aspirin originated from willow, where eucalyptus comes from, and what benefits chamomile tea can bring you, as well as much more about more than 70 types of medicinal plant. It’s also beautifully presented, with rose-gold edged pages, and richly illustrated throughout with vintage images. A stunning addition to your book shelves! And you can now get it in our online shop here 👉http://ow.ly/eXH250EabM7

Have you seen our awareness campaign around London Bridge? We are excited to have an opening date now: 21 May!! Come for...
01/05/2021

Have you seen our awareness campaign around London Bridge? We are excited to have an opening date now: 21 May!! Come for a visit & support us! 😁 Tickets available here 👉https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Have you seen our awareness campaign around London Bridge? We are excited to have an opening date now: 21 May!! Come for a visit & support us! 😁 Tickets available here 👉https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Did you catch our first virtual event on Surgery & the Victorian Operating Theatre? You can see Dr. Monica Walker here, ...
30/04/2021

Did you catch our first virtual event on Surgery & the Victorian Operating Theatre? You can see Dr. Monica Walker here, our Engagement & Front of House Manager, demonstrating how speed surgery would have been like in the 19th century! Missed this one? Not to worry! You can catch the next one in June! Purchase tickets here 👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/events/victorian-surgery-june2021/

Did you catch our first virtual event on Surgery & the Victorian Operating Theatre? You can see Dr. Monica Walker here, our Engagement & Front of House Manager, demonstrating how speed surgery would have been like in the 19th century! Missed this one? Not to worry! You can catch the next one in June! Purchase tickets here 👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/events/victorian-surgery-june2021/

Join us on Thursday, 27 of May, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for a fascinating conversation between Owen Gower, the museum m...
30/04/2021

Join us on Thursday, 27 of May, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for a fascinating conversation between Owen Gower, the museum manager of Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden in Gloucestershire, as we discuss the influential work of Dr Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccinations. This was the man who effectively carried out what we could now consider to be the first clinical trials, in the use of Cowpox to protect against Smallpox. In doing so he set the scene for the development of vaccinations for the eradication of Smallpox, the only human disease we have ever completely wiped out. He set the scene for everything that is happening in public health today. This conversation promises to be very insightful and relevant as the world is in the process of vaccinating their populations against Covid-19. What can the past teach us about today?

You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the ‘chat’ function at the end of the conversation.

*All income from ticket sales will be evenly split between the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret and Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden, both registered charities and in need of your support after the Covid-19 closures.

Get your ticket here 👉http://ow.ly/gpJn50EfViV

Join us on Thursday, 27 of May, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, for a fascinating conversation between Owen Gower, the museum manager of Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden in Gloucestershire, as we discuss the influential work of Dr Edward Jenner, the pioneer of vaccinations. This was the man who effectively carried out what we could now consider to be the first clinical trials, in the use of Cowpox to protect against Smallpox. In doing so he set the scene for the development of vaccinations for the eradication of Smallpox, the only human disease we have ever completely wiped out. He set the scene for everything that is happening in public health today. This conversation promises to be very insightful and relevant as the world is in the process of vaccinating their populations against Covid-19. What can the past teach us about today?

You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the ‘chat’ function at the end of the conversation.

*All income from ticket sales will be evenly split between the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret and Dr Jenner’s House, Museum & Garden, both registered charities and in need of your support after the Covid-19 closures.

Get your ticket here 👉http://ow.ly/gpJn50EfViV

It's Friday! Our #BottleoftheWeek is here! This time we bring you the perfect gift for those prone to fainting or those ...
30/04/2021

It's Friday! Our #BottleoftheWeek is here! This time we bring you the perfect gift for those prone to fainting or those with a nervous head (whatever that means 🤔), or those with a head cold or catarrh. Just a whiff of this stuff and you will be good to go! Dr. Mackenzie sure bottled a powerful, aromatic and traditional remedy! In 1894 it was priced at one shilling and fitted in purse bags! Want to learn more? Then come for a visit! You can book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/zeSu50EwKRC

It's Friday! Our #BottleoftheWeek is here! This time we bring you the perfect gift for those prone to fainting or those with a nervous head (whatever that means 🤔), or those with a head cold or catarrh. Just a whiff of this stuff and you will be good to go! Dr. Mackenzie sure bottled a powerful, aromatic and traditional remedy! In 1894 it was priced at one shilling and fitted in purse bags! Want to learn more? Then come for a visit! You can book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/zeSu50EwKRC

Have you heard? We are reopening on 21 May! So the countdown begins! Find out more about our plans and purchase tickets ...
29/04/2021
The countdown to our reopening begins! | The Old Operating Theatre

Have you heard? We are reopening on 21 May! So the countdown begins! Find out more about our plans and purchase tickets here 👇

It's official, subject to safely reaching Step 3 in the Government's Covid-19 plans, we will be reopening the Museum on Friday 21st May 2021. We will be opening Fridays and Saturdays only from 10.30am until 5pm with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals. Please book tickets in advance. FIND OUT…

Our 'Absolute Cure' mugs are back in stock in the Old Op Shop! This exclusive mug shows the absolute cure for the ingrow...
29/04/2021

Our 'Absolute Cure' mugs are back in stock in the Old Op Shop! This exclusive mug shows the absolute cure for the ingrown toenail: something to think about (or possibly wince over) as you have your morning coffee!

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2166-absolute-cure-mug/

Our 'Absolute Cure' mugs are back in stock in the Old Op Shop! This exclusive mug shows the absolute cure for the ingrown toenail: something to think about (or possibly wince over) as you have your morning coffee!

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2166-absolute-cure-mug/

In line with the Government guidance and roadmap, we look forward to reopening from Friday 21st May. We will be using a ...
29/04/2021

In line with the Government guidance and roadmap, we look forward to reopening from Friday 21st May. We will be using a new traffic-light system to manage visitor flow up and down our 52-step spiral stairs which is our main entrance and exit. When you arrive, if the light is red, please wait in the foyer until the light turns green.

During the Government’s Step 3 period, between 21st May and 19th June, entry will be in groups of up to 6 (from different households) with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals. Please book tickets online 24 hours in advance of your planned visit. Walk-ups on the day will be accommodated subject to availability.

Plan your visit and book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/oiPk50EwNdM

In line with the Government guidance and roadmap, we look forward to reopening from Friday 21st May. We will be using a new traffic-light system to manage visitor flow up and down our 52-step spiral stairs which is our main entrance and exit. When you arrive, if the light is red, please wait in the foyer until the light turns green.

During the Government’s Step 3 period, between 21st May and 19th June, entry will be in groups of up to 6 (from different households) with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals. Please book tickets online 24 hours in advance of your planned visit. Walk-ups on the day will be accommodated subject to availability.

Plan your visit and book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/oiPk50EwNdM

This is the view from the operating table at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret! Sadly, not many of its fema...
29/04/2021

This is the view from the operating table at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret! Sadly, not many of its female patients would have seen this skylight as they were blindfolded before they entered into the operating theatre. It must have been very harrowing to be placed at the center of an operating theatre with the gaze of over 130 students looking on what would probably be one of the their most traumatic experiences of their lives (if they survived the infection, that is! After all, it would have taken place before the advent of anaesthesia and antiseptics!). Want to learn more? Come for a visit! You can book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/D15F50EwKwD

This is the view from the operating table at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret! Sadly, not many of its female patients would have seen this skylight as they were blindfolded before they entered into the operating theatre. It must have been very harrowing to be placed at the center of an operating theatre with the gaze of over 130 students looking on what would probably be one of the their most traumatic experiences of their lives (if they survived the infection, that is! After all, it would have taken place before the advent of anaesthesia and antiseptics!). Want to learn more? Come for a visit! You can book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/D15F50EwKwD

Today, the #OldOpRecommends Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540 – 1740 by Dr Jennifer Evans & Dr S...
28/04/2021

Today, the #OldOpRecommends Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540 – 1740 by Dr Jennifer Evans & Dr Sara Read!

Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England. The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humours and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualised:

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/maladies-and-medicine-exploring-health-and-healing-1540-1740-by-dr-jennifer-evans-dr-sara-read/

Today, the #OldOpRecommends Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540 – 1740 by Dr Jennifer Evans & Dr Sara Read!

Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England. The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humours and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualised:

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/maladies-and-medicine-exploring-health-and-healing-1540-1740-by-dr-jennifer-evans-dr-sara-read/

Known as the fasting herb, fennel was included within St Thomas’ Snail water prescription written by Dr Richard Mead in ...
28/04/2021

Known as the fasting herb, fennel was included within St Thomas’ Snail water prescription written by Dr Richard Mead in 1718 for venereal disease. Dr Mead also later listed an ‘efficacious’ prescription for bringing on the rash of smallpox to speed the passing of the disease that included fennel. It also makes for a delicious cup of tea! 🍵 😀Learn more about fennel and other herbs from the Herb Garret of Old St Thomas' Hospital here 👉http://ow.ly/Zmmu50EwN4h

Known as the fasting herb, fennel was included within St Thomas’ Snail water prescription written by Dr Richard Mead in 1718 for venereal disease. Dr Mead also later listed an ‘efficacious’ prescription for bringing on the rash of smallpox to speed the passing of the disease that included fennel. It also makes for a delicious cup of tea! 🍵 😀Learn more about fennel and other herbs from the Herb Garret of Old St Thomas' Hospital here 👉http://ow.ly/Zmmu50EwN4h

Today we have one for the pharmacy history fans! Our herb garret has these wonderful bottles containing belladonna, but ...
28/04/2021

Today we have one for the pharmacy history fans! Our herb garret has these wonderful bottles containing belladonna, but do you know one of the alternative names of this poisonous plant?🤔
A. Night Fury
B. Deadly Nightshade
C. Death Song
The correct answer will be given tomorrow! 😀 Or whenever our social medial person gets around to it, because honestly, sometimes she forgets! 😂

Today we have one for the pharmacy history fans! Our herb garret has these wonderful bottles containing belladonna, but do you know one of the alternative names of this poisonous plant?🤔
A. Night Fury
B. Deadly Nightshade
C. Death Song
The correct answer will be given tomorrow! 😀 Or whenever our social medial person gets around to it, because honestly, sometimes she forgets! 😂

We’ve created our own jigsaw puzzle for you to piece together at home! This 100 piece jigsaw puzzle features our unique ...
27/04/2021

We’ve created our own jigsaw puzzle for you to piece together at home! This 100 piece jigsaw puzzle features our unique and historic operating theatre and is a bespoke, one-of-a-kind item you won’t find anywhere else!

Pick up one for yourself in the online Old Op Shop:

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/old-operating-theatre-museum-jigsaw-puzzle/

We’ve created our own jigsaw puzzle for you to piece together at home! This 100 piece jigsaw puzzle features our unique and historic operating theatre and is a bespoke, one-of-a-kind item you won’t find anywhere else!

Pick up one for yourself in the online Old Op Shop:

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/old-operating-theatre-museum-jigsaw-puzzle/

In line with the Government guidance and roadmap, we look forward to reopening from Friday 21st May. We will be using a ...
27/04/2021

In line with the Government guidance and roadmap, we look forward to reopening from Friday 21st May. We will be using a new traffic-light system to manage visitor flow up and down our 52-step spiral stairs which is our main entrance and exit. When you arrive, if the light is red, please wait in the foyer until the light turns green.
During the Government’s Step 3 period, between 21st May and 19th June, entry will be in groups of up to 6 (from different households) with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals. Please book tickets online 24 hours in advance of your planned visit. Walk-ups on the day will be accommodated subject to availability.
Plan your visit and book your tickets here 👉https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

In line with the Government guidance and roadmap, we look forward to reopening from Friday 21st May. We will be using a new traffic-light system to manage visitor flow up and down our 52-step spiral stairs which is our main entrance and exit. When you arrive, if the light is red, please wait in the foyer until the light turns green.
During the Government’s Step 3 period, between 21st May and 19th June, entry will be in groups of up to 6 (from different households) with staggered entry at 15 minute intervals. Please book tickets online 24 hours in advance of your planned visit. Walk-ups on the day will be accommodated subject to availability.
Plan your visit and book your tickets here 👉https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Welcome to #AnatomyTuesday! First, take a deep breath! Done? Good! Today we want to show you the anatomy of a Victorian ...
27/04/2021

Welcome to #AnatomyTuesday! First, take a deep breath! Done? Good! Today we want to show you the anatomy of a Victorian amputation found in George Bell's Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery (1821). We are so glad that our copy is not coloured! 😱 This was a common procedure in our operating theatre, followed by lithotomies and trepanations! Want to learn more? Come for a visit! Book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/9Maf50EwIjx

Welcome to #AnatomyTuesday! First, take a deep breath! Done? Good! Today we want to show you the anatomy of a Victorian amputation found in George Bell's Illustrations of the Great Operations of Surgery (1821). We are so glad that our copy is not coloured! 😱 This was a common procedure in our operating theatre, followed by lithotomies and trepanations! Want to learn more? Come for a visit! Book your tickets here 👉http://ow.ly/9Maf50EwIjx

Low stock alert: the Old Op Shop has just one copy left of 'A History of Women in Medicine: Cunning Women, Physicians, W...
26/04/2021

Low stock alert: the Old Op Shop has just one copy left of 'A History of Women in Medicine: Cunning Women, Physicians, Witches' by Sinead Spearing!

This fantastic book shines a light on forgotten female physicians, and their subsequent demonisation as witches:

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/a-history-of-women-in-medicine-cunning-women-physicians-witches-by-sinead-spearing/

Low stock alert: the Old Op Shop has just one copy left of 'A History of Women in Medicine: Cunning Women, Physicians, Witches' by Sinead Spearing!

This fantastic book shines a light on forgotten female physicians, and their subsequent demonisation as witches:

👉 https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/a-history-of-women-in-medicine-cunning-women-physicians-witches-by-sinead-spearing/

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Fascinating and informative presentation from our enthusiastic guide! An amazing place - we must return. Dennis and Janet (attendees at the Sherlock Holmes Society of London presentation).
Thanks once again to Kirsty Chilton for making our visit last night such a pleasure. It never ceases to amaze us as to how you are so knowledgable on the subject of each talk you deliver, there’s never a dull moment in your lectures, you truly bring history to life. We are looking forward to your upcoming talks, see you soon, Nick & Gill.
In case anyone might be interested by blog post on the Old Operating Theatre is here:- https://theenglandproject.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/the-old-operating-theatre-southwark/ and my new page for my blog is here:- https://www.facebook.com/England-Aspects-325652988003861/
My husband and I are coming to visit you this coming Sunday and are SO excited! Our first trip to England and this is a primo stop on our journey! (Though I'm not sure he's ready for the Gore Tour. I told him to just look away if he got squeamish. LOL)
Michelle Kelly you must go see
Ashleigh
The Director of this Museum is also accompanying my 9 day London Road Scholar tour in May. Cool!