Lectures and Events archive 2008




BAD IDEA Magazine are running a new monthly event at the Museum. The next edition is Thursday 27th November 2008

We're excited to announce a new monthly BAD IDEA event, The Butcher's Shop, Sponsored by Hendrick's Gin, who are providing complimentary cocktails, and held in the atmospheric environs of the Old Operating Theatre (behind London Bridge station), in The Butcher's Shop BAD IDEA's editors will hack up your beloved prose and put it back together in a unique writing workshop and theatrical experience.

Short stories submitted by guests are dissected, chopped up, and improved through an intensive process of live editing and debate. Along with an audience of 50 other writers, discuss and argue with BAD IDEA’s editors as they place your writing on a 19th century operating table – projected onto a big screen – and go to work removing inefficiencies, excising flabby adjectives and probing narrative structure, involving attendees in a dramatic ‘theatre-in-the-round’ exploration of the writing craft.

The ticket price includes an open bar and gifts from Hendrick’s and Fentimans, served in the theatre's Herb Garret. Those who would like their writing to be edited on the night must submit their work in advance to info@badidea.co.uk. All stories must be under 350 words.

The workshop on November 27th from 7pm – 9pm at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St. Thomas’s St., London SE1 9RY. Places are limited, and we cannot guarantee that all stories submitted will be edited at the event. Buy tickets here.


Anatomy of a Kiss
The Kiss Hoarder Special Event

2nd of December 6 pm
Booking essential

The perfect occasion to visit this curiously wonderful museum, view the latest exhibition; The Kiss Hoarder, a collaboration between artist Valentina Lari and novelist Lana Citron, and hear the author read from her dark twisted tale of love.

With jars of kisses aplenty; {Joycean - warm and cunty, Suppurated - oozing with love, Mercy kisses - have some on me}, prescribe in your diary now, by doctor’s orders -

Mistletoe optional!

£4.50 with signed limited edition of the book included

The Kiss Hoarder

Friday 7th November- Sunday 7th December

A narrative visual exhibition by Valentina Lari & Lana Citron.
Installation and a series of powerful Illustrations to accompany a dark, eerie & ironic tale of love & loss.

Events unless otherwise stated are included in the price of admission - to see current prices and for location and opening details visit our visit.htm page

Click here to see the events archive


Victorian Surgery

Saturday 22 November at 2pm
“A patient preparing for an operation was like a condemned criminal preparing for execution.”
A demonstration of an operation without anaesthetics or antiseptics, in Britain’s only remaining wooden 19th century Operating Theatre.
How will you survive...?


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

Leeches, Lancets and Toothpulling
Long Before the NHS


Richard Kennedy

Richard Kennedy is an author and historian who will speak from the perspective of a colonial American barber-surgeon. He will demonstrate the use of scarificators, cupping and leeches to bleed, techniques for the use of knives and chisels for amputation without anesthesia, and the "latest" devices used for rotted teeth - the toothkey, pelican and lancet. Richard makes his home in California and is the author of an historical fiction "Leeches and Liberty."

The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret
9a St. Thomas' Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY
Tel. 020 7188 2679 (or 020 8 806 4325). Email: curator@thegarret.org.uk

The Events programme is organised by the Museum Staff and volunteers - , Kirsty Chilton, Karen Howell and Kevin Flude



For World Mental Health Day

Friday 10th October

Stepping Out Theatre in association with Mental Fight Club

DIARY OF A MADMAN by Nicolai Gogol

Adapted by Steve Hennessy

Directed by Andy Burden, Performed by Seb Steiger

In this perfectly atmospheric venue, a new adaptation of Gogol's tragicomic masterpiece that has toured theatres and psychiatric wards to great acclaim.

A fascinating and frenetic account of one man's descent into madness. Seb Steiger is utterly engaging...an outstanding production.


Performances at 6pm and 8pm

Tickets £10 and £7

For Booking and further information,tel. 07790 980688

Read more at www.steppingouttheatre.co.uk