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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 i

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It's time for , and weโ€™re treating you to this rather attractive portable urinal from the mid-19th century! This hand-bl...
23/03/2023

It's time for , and weโ€™re treating you to this rather attractive portable urinal from the mid-19th century! This hand-blown glass comfort station was designed to rest on its side so bedbound patients could use it. OK, hands up, who thought it was a fancy wine decanter?! ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ˜€ Explore more of our collections online! https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

It's Friday!  is finally here!! Today we will be looking at these beautiful bottles! Isn't it lovely the way the sun hit...
17/03/2023

It's Friday! is finally here!! Today we will be looking at these beautiful bottles! Isn't it lovely the way the sun hits the bottles?? So mesmerizing...
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

 presents this beautiful velvet-lined mahogany box containing a Victorian breast pump! The glass cup and brass pump were...
16/03/2023

presents this beautiful velvet-lined mahogany box containing a Victorian breast pump! The glass cup and brass pump were used as a siphon to draw off a mother's milk for bottle feeding if she had difficulty breastfeeding or wanted to feed her baby in public! The importance of breastfeeding also encouraged families and institutions to employ wet nurses. Physicians advised โ€œa strong healthy country wet-nurseโ€, meaning women from rural areas less likely to be infected with syphilis! Doctors knew infection could be passed between infant and nurse, so they often dosed wet nurses with mercury believing it protected the nurse while it treated the child! Did you know you can explore our collections online? ๐Ÿ˜€ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Welcome to ! The  has been collecting visitors' remedies for the mind, body, and soul since early 2021. We will be shari...
13/03/2023

Welcome to ! The has been collecting visitors' remedies for the mind, body, and soul since early 2021. We will be sharing the best with you here!
Today's thought: "Classical music." What a great idea! We will put on some classical music today and you should too!
Want to learn more? You follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Another Friday means another ! Today we are looking at this beautiful bottle of Willow Bark! Willow bark was used agains...
10/03/2023

Another Friday means another ! Today we are looking at this beautiful bottle of Willow Bark! Willow bark was used against worms, chronic diarrhea, dysentery and more! Who knew??
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Dissection instruments were essential  for surgeons and medical students. These sharp beasts are chain hooks! The ring w...
09/03/2023

Dissection instruments were essential for surgeons and medical students. These sharp beasts are chain hooks! The ring was securely pinned to the dissecting bench while the hooks held back layers of dissected tissue. They were widely used from the 19th century alongside post-mortem, cartilage and brain knives, intestine scissors, scalpels, forceps, probes, elevators, back-saws, rib shears, chisels, mallets, and blowpipes! Explore our online collections for more! https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

It's Tuesday so you know what that means?? It's ! Look at these beautiful Victorian illustrations of the human heart! Di...
07/03/2023

It's Tuesday so you know what that means?? It's ! Look at these beautiful Victorian illustrations of the human heart! Did you know the human heart has four chambers?? It is amazing what the human heart does every single day to keep us alive! โค๏ธ
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Did you know that you can watch recordings from our past virtual events from just ยฃ5 each?From talks on Egyptology and t...
03/03/2023

Did you know that you can watch recordings from our past virtual events from just ยฃ5 each?

From talks on Egyptology and transplants to Victorian surgery and creative writing, we have something for everyone: it's the perfect way to help support the museum whilst we're closed to the public for restoration works!

Follow the link below to learn more!

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/whats-on/virtual-event-archive/

There is a special thing in the air today....like it is Friday! So it is ! This antimonial bottle from our chest medicin...
03/03/2023

There is a special thing in the air today....like it is Friday! So it is ! This antimonial bottle from our chest medicine is so beautiful, although its uses were not so nice. Originally used to induce vomiting, sweating, and for cathartic purposes. Such treatments were considered unparalleled in their strength back in the day! Such a lovely home remedy, right? ๐Ÿ˜€
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Check out our Online Shop Sale and Save 25% on our Anatomical Heart Tote Bag!Our exclusive tote bag features a 19th cent...
02/03/2023

Check out our Online Shop Sale and Save 25% on our Anatomical Heart Tote Bag!

Our exclusive tote bag features a 19th century anatomical illustration of the human heart on one side, and includes the key plus the Museum's logo on the other side.

It is useful and educational at the same time and is perfect for carrying your herbal remedies, potions, surgical instruments or dismembered body parts about town (books and snacks also acceptable).

This bag is our all time best seller, and this is the last batch featuring our special edition Bicentenary Logo, so get one while you can!

https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/online-shop-sale/

All shop sales help support the Museum as a registered charity ๐Ÿ–ค

Our fascinating collection of  includes not only unique objects but also mass-produced Victorian products like this pede...
02/03/2023

Our fascinating collection of includes not only unique objects but also mass-produced Victorian products like this pedestal pot for Singleton's Eye Ointment! The branded ceramic pots were manufactured and sold from the early 19th century, but the recipe for the ointment dates from the Elizabethan era! A small amount was placed on the pedestal and covered with a wax paper seal. It contained mercuric oxide, a highly toxic substance which, ironically, caused eye irritation! That may be why the directions recommended no more than a "pin's head" sized amount to be placed in the corner of the eye ๐Ÿค” The ointment had plenty of commercial success as a treatment for eye inflammation despite the pain and discomfort of its application! ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ Did you know you can explore our collections online? ๐Ÿ˜€ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Support the museum and save money on some of our most popular products with our online Old Op Shop sale! Up to 35% off s...
01/03/2023

Support the museum and save money on some of our most popular products with our online Old Op Shop sale!

Up to 35% off select products & FREE bundle of 5 postcards when you spend ยฃ25 or more!

Check out the sale now:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/online-shop-sale/

Wednesday is finally here! Welcome back to ! Today the quiz will be on Hygeiaforms! Any idea as to what Hygeiaforms are?...
01/03/2023

Wednesday is finally here! Welcome back to ! Today the quiz will be on Hygeiaforms! Any idea as to what Hygeiaforms are?
A. Tissues.
B. Face Cleaning Cloths.
C. Sanitary Pads.
Let us know what you think the correct answer is!
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting to our Weekend Front of House Assistant position!You can find more info (includi...
28/02/2023

Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting to our Weekend Front of House Assistant position!

You can find more info (including a full job description and pay rates) at the link below:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/vacancies/

Help support the Museum during our closure period & take advantage of our Online Shop Sale!Up to 35% off select products...
27/02/2023

Help support the Museum during our closure period & take advantage of our Online Shop Sale!

Up to 35% off select products & FREE bundle of 5 postcards when you spend ยฃ25 or more!

Follow the link below to see our full range of sale items:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/online-shop-sale/

Welcome to ! The  has been collecting visitors' remedies for the mind, body, and soul since early 2021. We will be shari...
27/02/2023

Welcome to ! The has been collecting visitors' remedies for the mind, body, and soul since early 2021. We will be sharing the best with you here!
Today's thought: "More espresso, less depresso." Wise words to start your day with!โ˜•
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

We're looking for a (paid!) weekend Front of House Assistant to deliver a welcoming, engaging and memorable experience t...
26/02/2023

We're looking for a (paid!) weekend Front of House Assistant to deliver a welcoming, engaging and memorable experience to our visitors.

-Part-time fixed term contract for 1 year
-Hours: 10.00 A.M. - 5.30 P.M., Saturday and Sunday
-ยฃ11.95 per hour

The deadline to submit your application is 1 March 2023 by 12:00 noon.

More info and a full job description can be found at the link below:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/vacancies/

One of the ways you can support the museum while we're closed for renovation work is by checking out our YouTube channel...
25/02/2023

One of the ways you can support the museum while we're closed for renovation work is by checking out our YouTube channel!

We've got videos on everything from demonstrations of Victorian medical instruments to interviews with modern practitioners!

๐Ÿ‘‰ http://ow.ly/w3OG50N0rWP

We're looking for a (paid!) weekend Front of House Assistant to deliver a welcoming, engaging and memorable experience t...
24/02/2023

We're looking for a (paid!) weekend Front of House Assistant to deliver a welcoming, engaging and memorable experience to our visitors.

-Part-time fixed term contract for 1 year
-Hours: 10.00 A.M. - 5.30 P.M., Saturday and Sunday
-ยฃ11.95 per hour

The deadline to submit your application is 1 March 2023 by 12:00 noon.

More info and a full job description can be found at the link below:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/vacancies/

23/02/2023

! Join our team of dedicated heritage professionals by becoming the new Weekend Front-Of-House Assistant! If you thrive on talking to people and giving great visitor experiences, follow this link and apply today! ๐Ÿ‘‰http://ow.ly/kpw450MGJL4

These well-worn but beautiful pages have been someoneโ€™s trusty ! They were separated from โ€œThe Midwifeโ€™s Vade Mecumโ€ in ...
23/02/2023

These well-worn but beautiful pages have been someoneโ€™s trusty ! They were separated from โ€œThe Midwifeโ€™s Vade Mecumโ€ in a 19th-century copy of โ€œAristotle's Complete Worksโ€ โ€“ a small cloth-bound handbook containing text with simple colour images printed in red ink. These handbooks (vade mecum) were designed to be referred to as often as needed. They were cheaply produced and continually reprinted with various publication styles from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Although initially issued for use by midwives, they were acquired by many wealthier households for use as a general directory. Due to the intimate nature of subjects such as conception, pregnancy, childbirth and general marriage advice, Aristotleโ€™s name was likely used to lend the publication some legitimacy. A possible source for the text is Nicholas Culpepperโ€™s โ€œA Directory for Midwivesโ€ (1651), with additional text added later by anonymous authors. These pages are entitled "Conception to Fourth Month and Fifth to Ninth Month" โ€“ it seems they were regularly referred to! Why not explore our collections online? ๐Ÿ˜€https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

If you did not have a chance to attend Dr. Helen Foster's fantastic talk last November at the museum, you are in luck! S...
22/02/2023

If you did not have a chance to attend Dr. Helen Foster's fantastic talk last November at the museum, you are in luck! She will be delivering it virtually on 9 March 2023! Book your tickets here for "A Bloody History of Menopause" ๐Ÿ‘‰http://ow.ly/4riI50MZvCr

22/02/2023

! Join our team of dedicated heritage professionals by becoming the new Weekend Front-Of-House Assistant! If you thrive on talking to people and giving great visitor experiences, follow this link and apply today! ๐Ÿ‘‰http://ow.ly/kpw450MGJL4

It's time for an ! A simple tool for a hard job...wait! What was this mid-19th century tool used for again?A. To help op...
22/02/2023

It's time for an ! A simple tool for a hard job...wait! What was this mid-19th century tool used for again?
A. To help open the skull.
B. To help set a bone.
C. To help lead an orchestra.

Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

21/02/2023

! Join our team of dedicated heritage professionals by becoming the new Weekend Front-Of-House Assistant! If you thrive on talking to people and giving great visitor experiences, follow this link and apply today! ๐Ÿ‘‰http://ow.ly/kpw450MGJL4

Welcome back to another ! You are in for a treat today! Look at this beautiful sketch of veins inside the human body! Di...
21/02/2023

Welcome back to another ! You are in for a treat today! Look at this beautiful sketch of veins inside the human body! Did you know that if you took all the veins out of the adult human body they can reach up to 100,000 miles long? Crazy!!
Want to learn more? You can go to the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Welcome to ! The  has been collecting visitors' remedies for the mind, body, and soul since early 2021. We will be shari...
20/02/2023

Welcome to ! The has been collecting visitors' remedies for the mind, body, and soul since early 2021. We will be sharing the best with you here!
Today's thought: "If the world is cold, make it your business to light fires." ๐Ÿ”ฅ What beautiful advice!
Want to learn more? You can follow the link below to our website!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Help support the Museum during our closure period & take advantage of our Online Shop Sale!Up to 35% off select products...
19/02/2023

Help support the Museum during our closure period & take advantage of our Online Shop Sale!

Up to 35% off select products & FREE bundle of 5 postcards when you spend ยฃ25 or more!

Follow the link below to see our full range of sale items:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/online-shop-sale/

Did you know that you can watch recordings from our past virtual events from just ยฃ5 each?From talks on Egyptology and t...
18/02/2023

Did you know that you can watch recordings from our past virtual events from just ยฃ5 each?

From talks on Egyptology and transplants to Victorian surgery and creative writing, we have something for everyone: it's the perfect way to help support the museum whilst we're closed to the public for restoration works!

Follow the link below to learn more!

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/whats-on/virtual-event-archive/

Well, well, well...it has come to this!  is here! Today we give you this lovely clear bottle with a label that reads "Pi...
17/02/2023

Well, well, well...it has come to this! is here! Today we give you this lovely clear bottle with a label that reads "Pil: Morph: Hyd: Gr: 1/2". This is the abbreviated pharmaceutical Latin that translates as morphine and mercury pills of 1/2 grain (dose). Both mercury and o***m were used for many centuries at both Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals for pain relieve.
We hope that you are enjoying these glimpses into medical history.
Want to learn more? You can visit our website by following the link below!
๐Ÿ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

Our Memento Mori Gift Boxes are currently on sale and selling fast! Each box includes a range of our best selling produc...
17/02/2023

Our Memento Mori Gift Boxes are currently on sale and selling fast!

Each box includes a range of our best selling products, and pieces of projects from our bicentenary year, plus a few bonus items not available in store.

Everything comes packaged in a wooden box with metal clasp and stamped with the museum's logo.

Very limited number of these available so get yours before theyโ€™re gone!

Visit the Old Op Apothecary Shop online: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/online-shop-sale/

All shop sales help support the Museum as a registered charity ๐Ÿ–ค

From antiquity to the Victorian Era, urine was one of the most important diagnostic ! Yes indeed, urinalysis has an epic...
16/02/2023

From antiquity to the Victorian Era, urine was one of the most important diagnostic ! Yes indeed, urinalysis has an epic 6000-year history! The examination of urine is recorded on ancient Sumerian and Babylonian clay tablets. Ancient Hindu cultures noticed when black ants were attracted to sweetness in some peoplesโ€™ urine (now known as a sign of diabetes). Uroscopy, the visual inspection of urine, was incorporated into humoural medicine. Hippocrates even hypothesised that urine was a product of blood filtered through the kidneys! From the Middle Ages, uroscopy was so important that specific apparatus were developed, such as the matula, a bladder-shaped glass vessel like the one pictured from our collection. It allowed physicians a clear view of the urine when held up to light (we wonโ€™t go into smell and taste tests ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). The matula became the symbol of uroscopy and was featured in charts categorising different types of urine. Doctors began diagnosing patients by their urine alone, while quacks dabbled in uromancy: using urine to tell fortunes and predict the future! By 1637, physician Thomas Brian decided enough was enough and published โ€œThe Pisse-Phophetโ€, a satirical text exposing the misuse of uroscopy. Physicians with matulas became objects of ridicule, and the practice declined. However, uroscopy evolved with the rise of lab medicine during the 19th century. Urine analysis is once again a valuable diagnostic tool to this day. Though still not recommended for predicting the future ๐Ÿ˜‰ Why not explore our collections online? https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/

We are now taking bookings at Southwark Heritage Centre, where our education team will be offering our regular Victorian...
16/02/2023

We are now taking bookings at Southwark Heritage Centre, where our education team will be offering our regular Victorian medicine and surgery programme to groups!

Please follow the link below for enquiries, and to make a booking:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/groups/

Help support the Museum during our closure period & take advantage of our Online Shop Sale!Up to 35% off select products...
15/02/2023

Help support the Museum during our closure period & take advantage of our Online Shop Sale!

Up to 35% off select products & FREE bundle of 5 postcards when you spend ยฃ25 or more!

Follow the link below to see our full range of sale items:

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/online-shop-sale/

Did you know that there's a range of ways that you can support the museum whilst we're closed for restoration work?Follo...
14/02/2023

Did you know that there's a range of ways that you can support the museum whilst we're closed for restoration work?

Follow the link below to see all the ways you can help out, from visiting our online shop to joining our Friends of the Old Op Scheme!

๐Ÿ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/support-us/

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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, thereโ€™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!
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