Spring! Events at The Old Operating Theatre Musuem


Dear all,

Easter is coming and The Old Operating Theatre is preparing a series of events...to scare the bunnies off!

Events for all ages and for all tastes!


(For the over 12s)

Wednesday 14th of April at 2pm and 3pm

A surgical stroll through the operations of the past.

Lithotomy, trephination, amputation, dissection and anatomy & rhinoplasty and eye surgery.

Brace yourself for an engagement with unsterilised steel!



SILVER Festival


Southwark's Celebrated Festival for Older People

Things My Mother Taught Me

Tuesday 20th at 2pm

and Thursday 22nd of April at 11am

Before the NHS...

Goose fat on your chest and leeches on your arm...

Beware; without anaesthesia or antiseptics, your leg will come off!

Come to this enlightening lecture on old surgical and herbal remedies.

Please note; the Museum would also like to hear about and document personal experiences of medical treatment!

All enthusiasts welcome!




£10 per person (including a complimentary glass of wine)

Sir Hans Sloane: Enlightenment Surgery


Thursday 1st April 6pm-8pm

William Cheselden, who cut for the stone! Samuel Sharpe, the eye surgeon! The dissolution of the Company of Barber Surgeons and the rise of the scienific surgeon in the 18th century. Hear about some of the surgeons who joined the Royal Society and worked to elevate the staus of the profession, their practice of the science of anatomy and the operations they developed!




£10 per person (booking is required)

Sir Hans Sloane and Chelsea Thursday 6th May 6pm

(meeting at Sloane Square tube station)

A delightful walk around the history of Chelsea with a particular emphasis on the 18th Century and Sir Hans Sloane, who lived in the old Manor House and helped found the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Sir Hans Sloane: Bloomsbury and The British Museum

Thursday 3rd June 6pm

 (meeting at Russell Square tube station)

 The walk introduces Bloomsbury in the 18th Century and looks at the origins of the British Museum and Sir Hans Sloane's role in the foundation. It ends with a tour of the highlights of Sloane's Collection in the Enlightenment Gallery led by a member of the British Museum curatorial staff.


Booking advised. Call 0207 188 2679 or email curator@thegarret.org.uk to reserve a place



We strongly advise booking, as places are limited and often in great demand

The museum is very small and has a maximum capacity of only 60 people.




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