Anaesthesia Museum

The Anaesthesia Museum is part of the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre and it contains objects relating to the history of anaesthesia. The earliest object in our collections is a resuscitation set of 1774. Our collections give an insight into the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief.

The museum has a permanent and a temporary display, as well as pull-out drawers and flipbooks containing biographies and details of large anaesthetic machines. For more information on the museum's collections, past exhibitions and oral histories, visit our blog.

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.

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.

NOW OPEN... The Heritage Centre's latest exhibition, The Price of a Mile

WW1 Operating Theatre

A First World War Operating Theatre by courtesy of the Wellcome Library

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Past Exhibitions

Previous exhibitions from the Anaesthesia Museum are available online. These include displays on the misuse of anaesthesia, pain relief in crises and wartime, and Sir Ivan Magill.

Great 1914 Anaesthetists

As part of the First World War commemorations, the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre has been researching anaesthetists who were born in the year 1914. Biographies of these anaesthetists are available to view on our blog.