LECTURES AND EVENTS

please note: events are recommended for age 12 upwards

unless otherwise stated

Weekly Weekend Demonstrations...

 

Every week (unless replaced by a special event)

Speed Surgery - Surgery in the 19th Century

Every Saturday 2.00pm*

(Saturdays are often very busy - so to guarantee a place please book in advance via email or phone)

A surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas's Hospital of 1822. Before the advent of anaesthesia, an operation had to be swift. Without hand-washing or antiseptics, the chance of later infection was high.

Herbs, the Garret and the Old Operating Theatre

Every Sunday 2.00pm*

In the past, medicines were made from plants, animals and even precious stones.
Learn how 'drugs' such as foxglove, myrrh and unicorn horns were used.
Examine real herbs in the attic space, originally used by the apothecary of St Thomas' Hospital.

Please note - half price and 2 for 1 tickets are not valid for special events

Tue, June 21st at 7:00 PM


Poisonous bunch-back’d toad -
was Shakespeare wrong about Richard III?

William Shakespeare's description of Richard III led to the last Plantagenet king being condemned for centuries as a deformed monster with a personality to match. The recent discovery of Richard's remains in a Leicester car park has revealed the truth about Richard's body, if not his motives.

Join award-winning pathologist Dr Suzy Lishman, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, to learn what a modern autopsy involves and what modern science has revealed about Richard's life and death.

Tickets via Eventbrite

 

Thursday, JULY 28th, 2016, 7:00PM

WAR IS THE ONLY PROPER SCHOOL OF THE SURGEON

IMPROVEMENTS IN SURGERY DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR.


When Britain went to war in 1914 despite medical care having improved since the wars of the 19th century surgeons were very conservative in their treatment of wounds. Things gradually improved but the medical units and surgical teams were overwhelmed during the large offensives such as that on the Somme in 1916.


This lecture will look at how surgery improved and the survival rate gradually rose as the war progressed.

For tickets please contact the museum.

 

 

Recent visitors' reviews from tripadvisor and more:

"Atmospheric and fascinating - go for the events and the 2pm talk on a Saturday!

"We didn't know what to expect from this but the family really enjoyed the bizarre herbs, medicines and instruments, and the afternoon talk brought everything to life... while showing how almost everyone died!"

"Visited today with my friend. We are both nurses and found the whole place fascinating but the curator made it perfect. A lovely lady who has such passion and vitality for her job you can help but be awed. A welcoming smile from everyone. 5 stars"

All events that are included in Museum admission are presented by Museum curatorial staff, unless otherwise stated.

Two for One vouchers and discounts are not valid for special events and for groups.

When possible, the maximum number of people egible for discount is a family of a maximum of 6 members.

To avoid disappointement, please be aware that lectures included in the admssion charge requires a minimum attendance.

Events Archive

ADDRESS AND CONTACTS

The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret
9a St. Thomas' Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY
Tel. 020 7188 2679. Email: curator@thegarret.org.uk

The Events programme is organised by the Museum Staff and volunteers - in particular (in alphabetic order) Kirsty Chilton, Kevin Flude, Karen Howell, Valentina Lari, Julie Mathias, and Juliana Wakefield.

IS IT SCARY?

Our talks can be graphic in content, particularly where describing the history of surgery. If in doubt please contact us to discuss the content of a particular event. We give some indication of age range below. Generally, children of 7 plus will find them suitable. However, the Museum itself has plenty of activities to divert the attention of children from the toddler upwards. Booking is not normally necessary, except for our Half Term events where it is highly recommended as the Museum has a capacity of only 60.

PLEASE NOTE:We strongly advise booking, as places are limited and often in great demand. The museum is very small and has a maximum capacity of only 60 people.