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.

The museum will be closed to the public from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th October whilst we install our new exhibition ‘Doctor Says Relax: muscle relaxants in anaesthesia’. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Our next Anaesthesia Heritage Lates session is Brilliant Botany - medicinal plants of South America on Friday 26 October 2018. Book your ticket now. We're also running a FREE tour of the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre on Friday 24 August 2018. Booking recommended.


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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. Explore the walk here.

History Walk