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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Our Clockwinder and Lamplighter teas are currently on sale! These two exclusive herbal blends were created by The Tea Pe...
08/07/2021

Our Clockwinder and Lamplighter teas are currently on sale! These two exclusive herbal blends were created by The Tea People for the museum, and you can find both blends in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ•°οΈ Clockwinder: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2180-clockwinder-herbal-tea/

πŸ’‘ Lamplighter: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2179-lamplighter-black-tea/

Every purchase really helps us out--thank you for all of your support so far!

Our Clockwinder and Lamplighter teas are currently on sale! These two exclusive herbal blends were created by The Tea People for the museum, and you can find both blends in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ•°οΈ Clockwinder: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2180-clockwinder-herbal-tea/

πŸ’‘ Lamplighter: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2179-lamplighter-black-tea/

Every purchase really helps us out--thank you for all of your support so far!

This week’s #toolsofthetrade from Old St Thomas’ Hospital feature urethral sounds and lithotomy forceps from the 19th ce...
08/07/2021

This week’s #toolsofthetrade from Old St Thomas’ Hospital feature urethral sounds and lithotomy forceps from the 19th century. You can see the long shafts of the urethral sounds are not all set at the same angle. Instruments with a squarer downwards angle were designed for use on the female anatomy. The rod was inserted into the urethra to examine for blockages and to test for the presence of bladder stones before a lithotomy was attempted. It may not have felt pleasant, but it helped to reduce the risk of unnecessary life-threatening surgery! There’s much more to see and learn when you visit the museum! Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/kJL050ECsjv

This week’s #toolsofthetrade from Old St Thomas’ Hospital feature urethral sounds and lithotomy forceps from the 19th century. You can see the long shafts of the urethral sounds are not all set at the same angle. Instruments with a squarer downwards angle were designed for use on the female anatomy. The rod was inserted into the urethra to examine for blockages and to test for the presence of bladder stones before a lithotomy was attempted. It may not have felt pleasant, but it helped to reduce the risk of unnecessary life-threatening surgery! There’s much more to see and learn when you visit the museum! Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/kJL050ECsjv

If you're looking for a practical and stylish way to haul around your stack of medical textbooks (or maybe just your key...
07/07/2021

If you're looking for a practical and stylish way to haul around your stack of medical textbooks (or maybe just your keys and a water bottle), might we recommend our Heart Logo Canvas Bag?

Available now in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2014-heart-logo-canvas-bag/

If you're looking for a practical and stylish way to haul around your stack of medical textbooks (or maybe just your keys and a water bottle), might we recommend our Heart Logo Canvas Bag?

Available now in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2014-heart-logo-canvas-bag/

We were so excited to welcome our first school back since early 2020! They had a talk in the operating theatre and a wor...
07/07/2021

We were so excited to welcome our first school back since early 2020! They had a talk in the operating theatre and a work sheet on Medicine Through Time to complete around the museum! Nothing beats first hand experience of history! 😁 Thinking about bringing a group? Check out the Schools & Groups section in our website for more details πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/groups/

Look at this piece of wood in our collection...what do you think it was used for?A. To help set small bones.B. To keep t...
07/07/2021

Look at this piece of wood in our collection...what do you think it was used for?
A. To help set small bones.
B. To keep the mouth from closing during anaesthesia.
C. To lock the jaw.
Correct answer will be given tomorrow 😁

If you want to check this and many more Victorian medical tools for yourself, then book a ticket to come and visit us! Book here πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Look at this piece of wood in our collection...what do you think it was used for?
A. To help set small bones.
B. To keep the mouth from closing during anaesthesia.
C. To lock the jaw.
Correct answer will be given tomorrow 😁

If you want to check this and many more Victorian medical tools for yourself, then book a ticket to come and visit us! Book here πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Our Old Op Shop is open and stocked full of medical and anatomical goodies! If you can't make it in-person to the  museu...
06/07/2021

Our Old Op Shop is open and stocked full of medical and anatomical goodies!

If you can't make it in-person to the museum just yet, you can find a lot of our products in our online shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/shop/

Every purchase really helps us out--thank you for all of your support so far!

Let's talk about Victorian hands...or any human hand for that matter, for this #AnatomyTuesday! So, what makes our hands...
06/07/2021

Let's talk about Victorian hands...or any human hand for that matter, for this #AnatomyTuesday! So, what makes our hands so unique? In short, opposable thumbs! This characteristic allows humans (and primates) to firmly grasp and manipulate objects. It is also another part of the human body that does not have hair nor gets tan in the sun! Also, don't even consider committing a crime cause those digits are your biological signature! 😱

Consider coming for a visit and checking out our pathology and dissection section which Victorian students used to learn about the human body. Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰ http://ow.ly/XcLq50FoiFA

Let's talk about Victorian hands...or any human hand for that matter, for this #AnatomyTuesday! So, what makes our hands so unique? In short, opposable thumbs! This characteristic allows humans (and primates) to firmly grasp and manipulate objects. It is also another part of the human body that does not have hair nor gets tan in the sun! Also, don't even consider committing a crime cause those digits are your biological signature! 😱

Consider coming for a visit and checking out our pathology and dissection section which Victorian students used to learn about the human body. Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰ http://ow.ly/XcLq50FoiFA

Unreliable British summer weather means you might (still!) be looking for some rainy day activities: if so, might we rec...
05/07/2021

Unreliable British summer weather means you might (still!) be looking for some rainy day activities: if so, might we recommend our Old Op jigsaw puzzle?

Available now exclusively in the Old Op Shop, both in-person at the museum and online:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/old-operating-theatre-museum-jigsaw-puzzle/

Unreliable British summer weather means you might (still!) be looking for some rainy day activities: if so, might we recommend our Old Op jigsaw puzzle?

Available now exclusively in the Old Op Shop, both in-person at the museum and online:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/old-operating-theatre-museum-jigsaw-puzzle/

Have you ever wondered how pills were made in the Victorian era? All round and pretty? Well, wonder no more! This is a p...
05/07/2021

Have you ever wondered how pills were made in the Victorian era? All round and pretty? Well, wonder no more! This is a pillmaker machine and the subject of our #MondayChallenge. Go ahead! Put it back together and share your times for epic bragging rights. Go to puzzle here πŸ‘‰ http://ow.ly/IeAM50Foi3U

Want to learn more about this machine? Then come to the museum for a visit. Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/KfD250Foi3V

Have you ever wondered how pills were made in the Victorian era? All round and pretty? Well, wonder no more! This is a pillmaker machine and the subject of our #MondayChallenge. Go ahead! Put it back together and share your times for epic bragging rights. Go to puzzle here πŸ‘‰ http://ow.ly/IeAM50Foi3U

Want to learn more about this machine? Then come to the museum for a visit. Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/KfD250Foi3V

Our new Β£30 'Dresser Circle' annual membership provides you with exclusive benefits: πŸ… Digital CertificateπŸ“ Name on virt...
04/07/2021

Our new Β£30 'Dresser Circle' annual membership provides you with exclusive benefits:

πŸ… Digital Certificate
πŸ“ Name on virtual Members’ Wall
πŸ›’ 5% Shop Discount
🎀 Priority access to talks, digital content and engagement opportunities

Find out more on our site: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/dresser-circle-membership/

Our new Β£30 'Dresser Circle' annual membership provides you with exclusive benefits:

πŸ… Digital Certificate
πŸ“ Name on virtual Members’ Wall
πŸ›’ 5% Shop Discount
🎀 Priority access to talks, digital content and engagement opportunities

Find out more on our site: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/dresser-circle-membership/

If you're looking for a place to jot down all of your summer plans, might we recommend our Herbarium Notebook? With 256 ...
03/07/2021

If you're looking for a place to jot down all of your summer plans, might we recommend our Herbarium Notebook? With 256 lined pages for you to fill with whimsy and wonder (or just shopping lists), it's available now in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/herbarium-notebook/

If you're looking for a place to jot down all of your summer plans, might we recommend our Herbarium Notebook? With 256 lined pages for you to fill with whimsy and wonder (or just shopping lists), it's available now in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/herbarium-notebook/

03/07/2021

Have you seen our new apothecary workshop space? Medicine making could be rather intense! πŸ€“
*Disclaimer: no actual fire was used in the making of this video. Also, why not stop by for a visit to see our space in person? Book here πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Our #oldopshop is open and stocked full of medical and anatomical goodies! If you can't make it in-person to the #oldopt...
02/07/2021

Our #oldopshop is open and stocked full of medical and anatomical goodies!

If you can't make it in-person to the #oldoptheatre just yet, you can find a lot of our products in our online shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/shop/

Are you looking for something to do today in at London Bridge? Why not come to see our recently fed #leeches. Oh! And in...
02/07/2021

Are you looking for something to do today in at London Bridge? Why not come to see our recently fed #leeches. Oh! And incidentally you can check out the oldest operating theatre in Europe! πŸ˜‰ Book here πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/ or just walk-in when the light is green! 😁

Are you looking for something to do today in at London Bridge? Why not come to see our recently fed #leeches. Oh! And incidentally you can check out the oldest operating theatre in Europe! πŸ˜‰ Book here πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/ or just walk-in when the light is green! 😁

Check out this ga-ga-gorgeous clear apothecary bottle who is the star of today's #BottleOfTheWeek! It used to contain ti...
02/07/2021

Check out this ga-ga-gorgeous clear apothecary bottle who is the star of today's #BottleOfTheWeek! It used to contain tincture of cinchona. Cinchona is a tree and its bark has several alkaloids, the most important of which is quinine which helps reduce fever, so it was commonly used in the treatment of malaria and for stomach problems. Not a bottle that you want to be intimate with, much less in the Victorian Era, but it is soo pretty, right?

How about you pay it a visit, for purely aesthetic purposes, by booking a ticket for the museum? You can book here πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Check out this ga-ga-gorgeous clear apothecary bottle who is the star of today's #BottleOfTheWeek! It used to contain tincture of cinchona. Cinchona is a tree and its bark has several alkaloids, the most important of which is quinine which helps reduce fever, so it was commonly used in the treatment of malaria and for stomach problems. Not a bottle that you want to be intimate with, much less in the Victorian Era, but it is soo pretty, right?

How about you pay it a visit, for purely aesthetic purposes, by booking a ticket for the museum? You can book here πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/visiting-us/

Our Clockwinder and Lamplighter teas are currently on sale! These two exclusive herbal blends were created by The Tea Pe...
01/07/2021

Our Clockwinder and Lamplighter teas are currently on sale! These two exclusive herbal blends were created by The Tea People for the museum, and you can find both blends in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ•°οΈ Clockwinder: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2180-clockwinder-herbal-tea/

πŸ’‘ Lamplighter: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2179-lamplighter-black-tea/

Every purchase really helps us out--thank you for all of your support so far!

Our Clockwinder and Lamplighter teas are currently on sale! These two exclusive herbal blends were created by The Tea People for the museum, and you can find both blends in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ•°οΈ Clockwinder: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2180-clockwinder-herbal-tea/

πŸ’‘ Lamplighter: https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/2179-lamplighter-black-tea/

Every purchase really helps us out--thank you for all of your support so far!

This suitably menacing object from our collection is a gynaecological intra-uterine do**he. Lovely! The elaborate syring...
01/07/2021

This suitably menacing object from our collection is a gynaecological intra-uterine do**he. Lovely! The elaborate syringe dates from the mid-19th century and was used for midwifery treatments at old St Thomas' Hospital. The pewter body is attached to a brass irrigation tube which would have had a plunger handle (now missing 😒). The ball and drop-nozzle end was placed into the neck of the womb, the plunger was pressed and the water or medical application would be expelled into the body. If you’d like to learn more and see other suitably menacing objects in our collection, then visit us at the museum! Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/kJL050ECsjv

This suitably menacing object from our collection is a gynaecological intra-uterine do**he. Lovely! The elaborate syringe dates from the mid-19th century and was used for midwifery treatments at old St Thomas' Hospital. The pewter body is attached to a brass irrigation tube which would have had a plunger handle (now missing 😒). The ball and drop-nozzle end was placed into the neck of the womb, the plunger was pressed and the water or medical application would be expelled into the body. If you’d like to learn more and see other suitably menacing objects in our collection, then visit us at the museum! Book your tickets here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/kJL050ECsjv

Now that London is opening up again, you probably have a lot of plotting and planning to do! We recommend our Anatomy Po...
30/06/2021

Now that London is opening up again, you probably have a lot of plotting and planning to do! We recommend our Anatomy Pocket Notebooks (each set comes with two notebooks!), available now in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/anatomy-pocket-notebook-set-of-2/

Now that London is opening up again, you probably have a lot of plotting and planning to do! We recommend our Anatomy Pocket Notebooks (each set comes with two notebooks!), available now in the Old Op Shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/anatomy-pocket-notebook-set-of-2/

Oooh! Look how shiny this tool is! Care to guess what it was used for in the 19th century?A. A stomach pump.B. An e***a....
30/06/2021

Oooh! Look how shiny this tool is! Care to guess what it was used for in the 19th century?
A. A stomach pump.
B. An e***a.
C. All of the above.
Correct answer will be given tomorrow! πŸ˜€

Want to see it up close? Then book yourself a ticket to visit the museum here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/ZBwn50Fk8nw

Oooh! Look how shiny this tool is! Care to guess what it was used for in the 19th century?
A. A stomach pump.
B. An e***a.
C. All of the above.
Correct answer will be given tomorrow! πŸ˜€

Want to see it up close? Then book yourself a ticket to visit the museum here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/ZBwn50Fk8nw

We're proud to announce that our garret ghosts are working with the gremlins & ghouls of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies,...
29/06/2021

We're proud to announce that our garret ghosts are working with the gremlins & ghouls of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, who are notoriously good at recycling and make great use of any visitors left in the Museum after dark. Plus, due to an convenient curse, all of their profits go to the Ministry of Stories, a creative writing and mentoring charity for young humans.

We're still busy behind the scenes bringing in all of our new partners and their products into our online shop, but a few of them, like the range of delicious human preserves and edibles pictured here, are already on the shelves of the Old Op Apothecary Shop! Book your tickets to get in and get them before they're gone! You can book your visit here πŸ‘‰ http://ow.ly/26o550FkXlj or you can check what is available in our online shop here πŸ‘‰https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/shop/

If you're looking for a rainy day activity, might we recommend our Old Op puzzle? This 100 piece puzzle features our uni...
29/06/2021

If you're looking for a rainy day activity, might we recommend our Old Op puzzle? This 100 piece puzzle features our unique and historic operating theatre and is a bespoke, one-of-a-kind item that you won’t find anywhere else!

Available now in the online shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/old-operating-theatre-museum-jigsaw-puzzle/

If you're looking for a rainy day activity, might we recommend our Old Op puzzle? This 100 piece puzzle features our unique and historic operating theatre and is a bespoke, one-of-a-kind item that you won’t find anywhere else!

Available now in the online shop:

πŸ‘‰ https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/product/old-operating-theatre-museum-jigsaw-puzzle/

#AnatomyTuesday is here and today we are going to give you the tongue! πŸ˜› This late 19th century print shows the main par...
29/06/2021

#AnatomyTuesday is here and today we are going to give you the tongue! πŸ˜› This late 19th century print shows the main parts of our primary organ of taste. No! Not the aesthetic one, the yummy one! πŸ˜‰ Did you know that the tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth? It manipulates food for mastication and swallowing as part of the digestive process. Also, a major function of the tongue is to enable speech. Very useful when you want to order and eat ice cream, right? πŸ˜‹ 🍨

Want to learn more about anatomy and dissection? Then book yourself a ticket to visit the museum and support us in the process! Book here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/uOOf50Fk6da

#AnatomyTuesday is here and today we are going to give you the tongue! πŸ˜› This late 19th century print shows the main parts of our primary organ of taste. No! Not the aesthetic one, the yummy one! πŸ˜‰ Did you know that the tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth? It manipulates food for mastication and swallowing as part of the digestive process. Also, a major function of the tongue is to enable speech. Very useful when you want to order and eat ice cream, right? πŸ˜‹ 🍨

Want to learn more about anatomy and dissection? Then book yourself a ticket to visit the museum and support us in the process! Book here πŸ‘‰http://ow.ly/uOOf50Fk6da

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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!