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
CONTEMPLATING THE COLLECTION
Tuesday 28th July 2pm- 4pm
Booking is essential
Drawing materials will be provided by the museum and there is no addition charge for these workshops other than the general museum admission.
SUNDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER
(please note the museum is only participating on Sunday of Open House Weekend)
OPEN HOUSE DAY
Visiting the museum is free on Sunday 20th of September during Open House weekend, but as physical space in the museum is very limited, queues are expected.
Last admissions will be at 4.45 and the museum closes as usual at 5pm.
No talk will take place on this day.
Thursday 15th October, 6.30 for 7pm
in association with Ether Day
Vitriol and Lethion
Ether was most famously used in Boston on 16 October 1846 by dentist William Morton. He succeeded in his public demonstration of using a substance he called ' 'lethion' to eliminate pain, previously a necessary part of dentistry or surgery. Anaesthesia was used here at the Old Operating Theatre from 1847, after news of the invention had reached England.
But this is not where the story of ether begins. From Valerius Cordus' first description of producing "Sweet Oil of Vitriol" in 1540 it took 300 years to explore its full potential for medicine: Anaesthesia.
(Ladies and Gentlemen), this Yankee Dodge is beating
Tickets £8.00, £6.00
or contact the museum for further information or to reserve a ticket.
Saturday 31st October at 6.30 for 7pm
THE FIRST VAMPYRE
The manner of Frankenstein's conception is not unknown, but the other gothic figure to emerge from that evening of writing ghost stories at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva is more obscure - The Vampyre, a story from the pen of Lord Byron's doctor, John William Polidori.
Tuesday 3rd November, 6.30 for 7pm
BY POPULAR DEMAND!
DEATH OF A KING
The remains of Richard III were discovered in a
Leicester car park in 2012 and recently reinterred in Leicester
Cathedral. Forensic tests identified the body as Richard's 'beyond
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.
Tickets £8.00, £6.00, Contact the museum to make a reservation or search Eventbrite for tickets.
Thursday 19th November, 6.30 for 7pm
NIGHT OF THE BODYSNATCHER
Throughout the 18th and early 19th century, surgeons and their students sought increased access to anatomy. But with legal supplies of corpses limited, where could they get their subjects from?
A talk about the men who supplied the dissecting rooms of London from the graves of the city, the tricks of the their trade and the stories of their gruesome work, all in the dark atmosphere of the Old Operating Theatre.
Tickets coming soon, please contact the museum for further details.
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