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

 

GEORGIAN MEDICINE SEASON

October 2014 saw the 300th anniversary of the coronation of George I and the beginning of the Georgian era.

The Old Operating Theatre Museum marks the event with a season of talks about medicine in the Georgian age.

 

Thursday 12th February at 6.30 for 7pm

A NIGHT WITH VENUS -
A LIFETIME ON MERCURY

A talk by the author of 'The Pox', Kevin Brown

Something different for you and your loved one as you prepare for Valentine’s Day? Come and hear how in the eighteenth century and earlier, just one night of love in the arms of Venus could lead to a lifetime with Mercury, a painful treatment for the dreaded pox or syphilis. Find out where this loathsome disease originated from in the sixteenth century and the variety of painful treatments available for it in the Georgian age when the cure could indeed often be worse than the disease itself.

Discover why the actress Sarah Siddons became a ‘ball of resentment’, how Casanova tried to avoid catching the pox, how James Boswell somehow never managed to avoid infection, why the distinguished surgeon John Hunter deliberately infected himself with gonorrhoea only to go down with syphilis, and how King George II came to die on his stool not on the throne.


A talk by Kevin Brown, Trust Archivist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Curator of the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum and author of books such as Penicillin Man (2004), The Pox: the Life and Near Death of a Very Social Disease (2006) or Poxed and Scurvied: The Story of Sickness and Health at Sea (2011).

 

EVENTS FOR HALF TERM!

Monday 16th February at 2pm

The Surgeon's Apprentice

Do you know your anatomy? Can you dress a wound?

Come and hear all about 19th century medical students, learn your anatomy and discover how to become a successful surgeon!

Speed at its essence!

 

Thursday 19th February at 2pm

Maladies and Medicines

This half term discover some of the curious 'cures' that were used to treat a wide range of maladies in one of London's oldest hospital.

This family activity workshop will explore some of skills necessary to qualify as a 19th century surgeon- apothecary!

 

Friday 20th February at 2pm

Break Your Leg and Die!

In the early 19th century, the patient's only relief from pain was the speed of the surgeon's knife...
A real amputation kit awaits!


HOW WILL YOU SURVIVE?

 

Museum trails for families also available!

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Coming in March

 

 

please call dreamteamtheatre on the above number, 0843 88 66 520

 

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.