The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre contains the Association’s archives, the Anaesthesia Museum and a rare book collection and is open to everyone. The Heritage Centre is a unique resource for research into the history of anaesthesia. The Heritage Centre is open from 10.00-16.00, Monday-Friday.

PLEASE NOTE... There will be no lift access to the Museum from the 17 to the 26 May. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

HERITAGE CENTRE LATES... Join us for the next Lates event on the 19 May 2017. We welcome back author Dr Emily Mayhew, who will be talking about her new book (and signing copies too!) A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond, which will be launched in May 2017. A Heavy Reckoning explores trauma and medicine in wartime from the First World War to Afghanistan and modern rehabilitation centres.
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Places at this special event are limited and tickets are just £15 (inc drinks, canapés and a private viewing of the latest exhibition The Price of a Mile.
Book your ticket here.
Download the flyer for the next Heritage Centre Lates event here.

NOW OPEN... The Heritage Centre's new exhibition The Price of a Mile: Anaesthesia during the Battle of the Somme

Transporting wounded by horse-drawn light railway during the Battle of Ancre Heights, October 1916

 Transporting wounded by horse-drawn light railway during the Battle of the Somme, Oct 1916 ©IWM (Q 1348) by courtesy of the Imperial War Museum

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How the Museum Began

Our museum started with the donation of a collection of anaesthetic instruments by A Charles King in 1953.

How the museum began

History of the AAGBI

Opening hours and bookings

Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00.Last admission at 15:30. Please contact us before your visit - Free entry 

Group bookings of up to 20 people with talks & guided tours available. Costs might apply. Contact

The Anaesthesia Library

The Anaesthesia Library contains rare books, complete sets of Anaesthesia and the British Journal of Anaesthesia, historic pamphlets, technical literature and audio-visual material. It is essential to contact us before visiting if you would like to use our rare book collection.



History of Anaesthesia Walk

This walking tour takes you to some of the sites associated with anaesthesia and its early history in London, from the site of the first anaesthetic in Britain, to the homes of Dr John Snow. Download leaflet

History Walk