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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It's Friday!!!! And you know what that means? It is #bottleoftheweek! And here you thought that it was the beginning of ...
21/02/2020

It's Friday!!!! And you know what that means? It is #bottleoftheweek! And here you thought that it was the beginning of the weekend! Anyway, today let us present this beautiful green apothecary bottle which contained Tincture of Belladona. Belladona is a poisonous plant used as a medicine since ancient times. It was known as the Devil's Berry and as the Deadly Nightshade (coolest names ever!). It is now known as Belladonna for the "beautiful women" of Renaissance Italy, who took it to enlarge their pupils. The things people do to comply with the ideals of beauty of their time! 😱

How would you have fared as patient at St Thomas’ in the 19th century? How would you be treated by your doctor and what ...
21/02/2020

How would you have fared as patient at St Thomas’ in the 19th century? How would you be treated by your doctor and what medicines would you be prescribed? Most importantly, could you survive an operation without anaesthetic or antiseptic?! Find the answers at our Victorian A&E interactive workshop today! Explore the role of the apothecary, create your own herbal remedies, and even experience the ‘bloody’ world of surgery in our original Victorian operating theatre. Will you dare to be our next patient …?

This is a great way for young children to engage with history through a fun, interactive experience in a unique historical setting.

This is a free event but booking is essential due to limited space. Please contact the museum on 02071882679 or e-mail [email protected]

Date: Friday 21st February 2020

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Check out our website for more information and other events:
http://ow.ly/7Wls50ynG5m

Another Half Term day, another fantastic workshop full of family fun and wellbeing! This time our visitors got to create...
20/02/2020

Another Half Term day, another fantastic workshop full of family fun and wellbeing! This time our visitors got to create their own spa herbal salts for their baths! ❤ if you missed our workshops this Half Term, you can always come for the next ones! 😁

Curious about the social history of Victorian London and its poor? Well, we have you covered! Today #oldoprecommends Hen...
20/02/2020

Curious about the social history of Victorian London and its poor? Well, we have you covered! Today #oldoprecommends Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor! This is a fantastic work of Victorian journalism describing in detail the trades, habits, religion, and domestic arrangement of the people working the streets of London in the 1840s. Worth a read! 😁

Find relaxation today at our Apothecary Spa Drop-In Workshop! Learn all about the healing properties of plants and flowe...
20/02/2020

Find relaxation today at our Apothecary Spa Drop-In Workshop! Learn all about the healing properties of plants and flowers while you create your very own herbal bath bag. Discover health, wellness, and a break from the weather!

Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Time: 12:30 – 3:00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/4dwQ50ynEuQ

How would you have fared as patient at St Thomas’ in the 19th century? How would you be treated by your doctor and what ...
20/02/2020

How would you have fared as patient at St Thomas’ in the 19th century? How would you be treated by your doctor and what medicines would you be prescribed? Most importantly, could you survive an operation without anaesthetic or antiseptic?! Find the answers at our Victorian A&E interactive workshop tomorrow! Explore the role of the apothecary, create your own herbal remedies, and even experience the ‘bloody’ world of surgery in our original Victorian operating theatre. Will you dare to be our next patient …?

This is a great way for young children to engage with history through a fun, interactive experience in a unique historical setting.

This is a free event but booking is essential due to limited space. Please contact the museum on 02071882679 or e-mail [email protected]

Date: Friday 21st February 2020

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Check out our website for more information and other events:
http://ow.ly/7Wls50ynG5m

Guess what? This weekend is London's Bookshop Crawl! It is like a pub crawl, but with bookshops, and on this 5th edition...
19/02/2020

Guess what? This weekend is London's Bookshop Crawl! It is like a pub crawl, but with bookshops, and on this 5th edition we are part of it! Sign up for the crawl and get some special perks when you come to our shop and, who knows?, you might even feel like poking your head in the museum too! All funds raised support the museum (a registered charity) 😁 .

Our #shopcuriosityoftheweek is here! And this week we are going to help you keep the mess to a minimum with our original...
19/02/2020

Our #shopcuriosityoftheweek is here! And this week we are going to help you keep the mess to a minimum with our original anatomical coasters! Who could use these? ❤ Entrance to the shop is free. 😉 All funds raised in the shop go to support the museum (a registered charity).

Discover Herbals today at our Family Herbal Drop-In Workshop! The healing properties of plants have been known for centu...
19/02/2020

Discover Herbals today at our Family Herbal Drop-In Workshop! The healing properties of plants have been known for centuries to medical practitioners who would present them in beautifully illustrated guides. Find out about these properties while you colour and annotate your own guides based on the herbs in our Museum. You can even take some seeds home to start your own collection!

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/yHbo50ynDad

Find relaxation tomorrow at our Apothecary Spa Drop-In Workshop! Learn all about the healing properties of plants and fl...
19/02/2020

Find relaxation tomorrow at our Apothecary Spa Drop-In Workshop! Learn all about the healing properties of plants and flowers while you create your very own herbal bath bag. Discover health, wellness, and a break from the weather!

Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Time: 12:30 – 3:00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/4dwQ50ynEuQ

When you come to the #OldOpTheatre family workshops and you leave with a pomander heart, knowledge on how to make it, wh...
18/02/2020

When you come to the #OldOpTheatre family workshops and you leave with a pomander heart, knowledge on how to make it, what are the best aromatic herbs to put inside and spending a lovely time with your loved ones! It is a win-win scenario! We are running different workshops this week, so stop by the museum and join us! 😁

Welcome to #AnatomyTuesday a new an exciting section highlighting renditions of the human body in the past! We shall beg...
18/02/2020

Welcome to #AnatomyTuesday a new an exciting section highlighting renditions of the human body in the past! We shall begin with our very own copy of
Bailliere's popular atlas of the anatomy of the female human body (1944 Edition)! So pretty and illuminating, right? Especially for the things they don't represent...

Join us today for a crafty Half Term at The Old Operating Theatre and have some heart-filled fun! Stop by with the famil...
18/02/2020

Join us today for a crafty Half Term at The Old Operating Theatre and have some heart-filled fun! Stop by with the family for our Suturing Hearts Drop-In Workshop. Suture your own fabric heart and stuff it with some of the apothecary’s aromatic herbs! Spread the love with us this February! 😍

Date: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Time: 12.30 – 3.00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/vCP550ynBNJ

Discover Herbals tomorrow at our Family Herbal Drop-In Workshop! The healing properties of plants have been known for ce...
18/02/2020

Discover Herbals tomorrow at our Family Herbal Drop-In Workshop! The healing properties of plants have been known for centuries to medical practitioners who would present them in beautifully illustrated guides. Find out about these properties while you colour and annotate your own guides based on the herbs in our Museum. You can even take some seeds home to start your own collection!

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/yHbo50ynDad

On 12 March, let Dr. Amy Matthewson tell you all about  the marvellously mysterious magician Chung Ling Soo, the man who...
17/02/2020

On 12 March, let Dr. Amy Matthewson tell you all about the marvellously mysterious magician Chung Ling Soo, the man who could stop a bullet! Nevertheless, his greatest trick was even more spectacular! One that shocked Victorian Society to its roots! Want to find out more? Then join us for this talk and make use of our lovely licensed Apothecary Wine Bar and private after hours view of the museum before the talk starts. 😁 Book your tickets here: http://ow.ly/jWkx50xTZqJ

17/02/2020

Do you think you have it bad on Mondays?? Imagine having to undergo a surgical procedure here, without anaesthesia or antiseptics, and under the gaze of over 150 medical students eager to see and learn from the "show"! Happy Monday! 😁

Join us tomorrow for a crafty Half Term at The Old Operating Theatre and have some heart-filled fun! Stop by with the fa...
17/02/2020

Join us tomorrow for a crafty Half Term at The Old Operating Theatre and have some heart-filled fun! Stop by with the family for our Suturing Hearts Drop-In Workshop. Suture your own fabric heart and stuff it with some of the apothecary’s aromatic herbs! Spread the love with us this February! 😍

Date: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Time: 12.30 – 3.00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/vCP550ynBNJ

How would you have fared as patient at St Thomas’ in the 19th century? How would you be treated by your doctor and what ...
16/02/2020

How would you have fared as patient at St Thomas’ in the 19th century? How would you be treated by your doctor and what medicines would you be prescribed? Most importantly, could you survive an operation without anaesthetic or antiseptic?! Find the answers at our Victorian A&E interactive workshop on 21st February. Explore the role of the apothecary and create your own herbal remedies, and even experience the ‘bloody’ world of surgery in our original Victorian operating theatre. Will you dare to be our next patient …?

This is a great way for young children to engage with history through a fun, interactive experience in a unique historical setting.

This is a free event but booking is essential due to limited space. Please contact the museum on 02071882679 or e-mail [email protected]

Date: Friday 21st February 2020

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Check out our website for more information and other events:
http://ow.ly/7Wls50ynG5m

Find relaxation this Half Term at our Apothecary Spa Drop-In Workshop! Learn all about the healing properties of plants ...
16/02/2020

Find relaxation this Half Term at our Apothecary Spa Drop-In Workshop! Learn all about the healing properties of plants and flowers while you create your very own herbal bath bag. Discover health, wellness, and a break from the weather!

Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Time: 12:30 – 3:00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/4dwQ50ynEuQ

Discover Herbals this Half Term at our Family Herbal Drop-In Activity! The healing properties of plants have been known ...
16/02/2020

Discover Herbals this Half Term at our Family Herbal Drop-In Activity! The healing properties of plants have been known for centuries to medical practitioners who would present them in beautifully illustrated guides. Find out about these properties while you colour and annotate your own guides based on the herbs in our Museum. You can even take some seeds home to start your own collection!

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2020

Time: 1.30 – 3.00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/yHbo50ynDad

Join us for a crafty Half Term at The Old Operating Theatre and have some heart-filled fun! Stop by with the family on 1...
16/02/2020

Join us for a crafty Half Term at The Old Operating Theatre and have some heart-filled fun! Stop by with the family on 18th February for our Suturing Hearts Drop-In Workshop. Suture your own fabric heart and stuff it with some of the apothecary’s aromatic herbs! Spread the love with us this February! 😍

Date: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Time: 12.30 – 3.00 pm

The event is free but general Museum admission prices apply. All materials will be provided on the day. Check out our website for more information and other workshops:
http://ow.ly/vCP550ynBNJ

For those romantics who would bleed for their loved ones: please, don't! It hurts! But if you are crazy enough to do tha...
14/02/2020

For those romantics who would bleed for their loved ones: please, don't! It hurts! But if you are crazy enough to do that, then do it right, with a 19th century bloodletting kit! [On second thoughts, maybe not!] 😜 ❤ Happy Valentines Day!!!

There is still time for GCSE students that are preparing their Edexcel Medicine Through Time exam to join our amazing ed...
13/02/2020

There is still time for GCSE students that are preparing their Edexcel Medicine Through Time exam to join our amazing education team who are offering a bootcamp to prepare for it. Join them and discover how you can prep for this important exam. Check out our website for more information:
http://ow.ly/Y9bJ50xTNzL

10/02/2020

A lovely #MorbidMonday to you! Here, check out our collection of Georgian and Victorian surgical tools! Many of them used before the advent of anaesthesia and antiseptics! Enjoy the rest of your day! 😁

Sometimes our #bottleoftheweek becomes many, like today! Sometimes the Herb Garret can look like a mad scientist's parad...
07/02/2020

Sometimes our #bottleoftheweek becomes many, like today! Sometimes the Herb Garret can look like a mad scientist's paradise! Just look at all that glass! Isn't it just too devilish splendid? 🤩

Our 2020 Events Programme Jan-Jun is selling out fast! So many amazing talks, workshops and films! Have you picked up yo...
06/02/2020

Our 2020 Events Programme Jan-Jun is selling out fast! So many amazing talks, workshops and films! Have you picked up your flyer yet? If not, you can always go to our events page at www.oldoperatingtheatre.com and check out what's on at the Old Op! Don't miss out! Stay in the loop! 😎

Check out all the exclusive pieces that our museum gift shop carries! Aren't they the best for #shopcuriosityoftheweek ?...
05/02/2020

Check out all the exclusive pieces that our museum gift shop carries! Aren't they the best for #shopcuriosityoftheweek ?? Which one is your favourite? ❤ Entrance to the shop is free. 😉All funds raised in the shop go to support the museum (a registered charity) .

Join us on 8 February for "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: Traditional Victorian Valentine Card Family Drop-In Workshop...
05/02/2020

Join us on 8 February for "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: Traditional Victorian Valentine Card Family Drop-In Workshop"!

Sending anonymous valentine day cards became very popular in nineteenth century Britain. There was a huge array of designs, verses and sentiments that were popular with lovers at that time. Many Victorian Valentine cards featured elaborate paper lacework, embossing and other intricate designs. The more expensive the card, the more elaborate the design would be and of course, it would be obvious to know how much your loved one had spent on a card! Typical imagery included flowers, love knots, and Cupid. Even though they used hearts sometimes, Victorian cards did not feature the ubiquitous red hearts that are so typical of Valentine’s cards today. Come and join the Museum staff this February and get creative in making your very own Victorian card for your special Valentine.

Date: Saturday 8th Feb 2020

Time: 1:pm – 3:pm. No booking is required to attend this event but due to the popularity of our workshops and the limited space we have included four 30 minute time slots:

1:00- 1:30, 1:30- 2:00, 2:00- 2:30, 2:30- 3:00.

There is no addition fee, but general Museum admission prices applies. All materials will be provided on the day!

Join us on 8 February for "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: Traditional Victorian Valentine Card Family Drop-In Workshop...
04/02/2020

Join us on 8 February for "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: Traditional Victorian Valentine Card Family Drop-In Workshop"!

Sending anonymous valentine day cards became very popular in nineteenth century Britain. There was a huge array of designs, verses and sentiments that were popular with lovers at that time. Many Victorian Valentine cards featured elaborate paper lacework, embossing and other intricate designs. The more expensive the card, the more elaborate the design would be and of course, it would be obvious to know how much your loved one had spent on a card! Typical imagery included flowers, love knots, and Cupid. Even though they used hearts sometimes, Victorian cards did not feature the ubiquitous red hearts that are so typical of Valentine’s cards today. Come and join the Museum staff this February and get creative in making your very own Victorian card for your special Valentine.

Date: Saturday 8th Feb 2020

Time: 1:pm – 3:pm. No booking is required to attend this event but due to the popularity of our workshops and the limited space we have included four 30 minute time slots:

1:00- 1:30, 1:30- 2:00, 2:00- 2:30, 2:30- 3:00.

There is no additional fee, but general Museum admission prices applies. All materials will be provided on the day!

Calling all GCSE students that are preparing their Edexcel Medicine Through Time exam! Our amazing education team is off...
30/01/2020

Calling all GCSE students that are preparing their Edexcel Medicine Through Time exam! Our amazing education team is offering a bootcamp for the different sections. Join them and discover how you can prep for this important exam. Check out our website for more information:
http://ow.ly/Y9bJ50xTNzL

LAST TICKETS available here: https://bit.ly/380azLJThe Old Operating Theatre Museum, Team London Bridge and The Cabinet ...
30/01/2020

LAST TICKETS available here: https://bit.ly/380azLJ

The Old Operating Theatre Museum, Team London Bridge and The Cabinet of Living Cinema join forces to bring you an evening of surrealist cinema!

Join us on Friday, January 31, 2020, for 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari-100th Year Anniversary Screening'.

'At a local carnival in a small German Town, hypnotist Dr. Caligari presents the somnambulist Cesare, who can purportedly predict the future of curious fairgoers. But at night, the doctor wakes Cesare from his sleep to enact his evil bidding. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari makes use of the theatrical manner of stage and sets, but toys with the narrative device of flashback to tell its story. Like an old man telling us a tale, the mysterious narrator with his wide eyes, has his own backstory – and a memorable finale reveals all...'

The 100th Anniversary screening of this classic will be brought to life through the live score performed by the Cabinet of Living Cinema. The Cabinet of Living Cinema create live cinema events in unusual and inspiring locations. They have scored films by Svankmajer, Jodorowsky, Fritz Lang, Eisenstein and Paradjanov using loop pedals, “found object foley” and orchestral instruments.

Address

9A St Thomas Street
London
SE1 9RY

London Bridge Underground and Train Station

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:00
Thursday 10:30 - 17:00
Friday 10:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:30 - 17:00
Sunday 10:30 - 17:00

Telephone

+4420 7 188 2679

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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!
I am thoroughly enjoying Lindsey Fitzharris's book - 'The Butchering Art'. The history of medicine has long been of fascination to me and I have been inspired to write a poem about the work of Joseph Lister!
London Preview: Written and directed by Angus Graham-Campbell. Commissioned by The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and developed with support from the Old Operating Theatre Museum in London
A feature on Broadway World for our upcoming production 'Rebel Angel' 23 September - 7 October 2017 at The Old Operating Theatre! https://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Angus-Graham-Campbell-Presents-REBEL-ANGEL-at-Old-Operating-Theatre-20170817