please note: events are recommended for age 12 upwards
unless otherwise stated
Please note - half price and 2 for 1 tickets are not valid for special events
Sunday 14th June, 10am to 5pm
On 14th June the Museum of the Order of St John will be participating for the first time in the acclaimed Open Square Gardens Weekend. As a part of the 2010 redevelopment of the Museum of the Order of St John, the Cloister Garden was re-landscaped and planted with medicinal plants and herbs to reflect the work of the Knights Hospitaller and to call to mind the former gardens of the medieval Clerkenwell Priory.
Highlights of the garden include towering cardoons, beautiful scents, architecture ancient and modern, and fascinating connections to the past. Something for all the family, the Museums new Garden Childrens Trail will be launched at this Open Square event.
This event also features the following talk by the curator of the Old Operating Theatre Museum, which will take place in St John's garden.
With hands on herbal materials and including a demonstration of poultice and pill making, this 1 hour herbal talk explores 2000 years of the medicinal history of plants, animals and minerals and their use in hospital treatments. A chronology of pharmaceutical history begins with Frankincense, Myrrh and roses and the medicines of ancient Egyptian and Roman cultures, and leads into the unusual medicinal materials in use in early modern London.
6.30pm July 8th
Royal College of Pathologists
Join award-winning pathologist Dr Suzy Lishman to learn more about how this conclusion was reached and discover what a modern-day post mortem examination might have uncovered. With the help of a live model, Dr Lishman will explore what Richard's body might tell us about how he lived and died.
Please contact the museum for further details or Book via eventbrite:
THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO, (JUNE 1815)
July 16th at 6.30 for 7pm
In the late 18th and early 19th century, a trip to the 'dentist' was a basic and painful experience and many mouths were were rotten and empty. However, a beautiful smile was still fashionable and desireable. With tooth transplantation being an experimental science at best, and sets of porcelain false teeth being wildly expensive, what could be the answer to the problem?
Assistant Curator Kirsty Chilton reveals how
teeth taken from the mouths of the dead on the battlefields of the
Penninsular or the burial grounds of London could be sold to dentists
and turned into sets of false teeth, an opportunistic trade which
could be worth a small fortune to a wise bodysnatcher...
Please contact the museum for further details on 0208 188 2679
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.
ADDRESS AND CONTACTS
The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret