THE ANAESTHESIA HERITAGE CENTRE
The Heritage Centre contains the Association’s archives, museum and rare book collection and is open to everyone. The Heritage Centre is a unique resource for research into the history of anaesthesia.
The Anaesthesia Museum 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.
The Anaesthesia Museum began when A Charles King gave his collection of historic anaesthetic apparatus to the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland in 1953. It was kept at King's premises in 27 Devonshire Street until 1966 when it was transferred to the Association's office at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and displayed.
The anaesthesia library contains rare books, complete sets of Anaesthesia and theBritish Journal of Anaesthesia, historic pamphlets, technical literature and audio-visual material. The library developed from the collections of Dr K Bryn Thomas, A Charles King and Dr J Alfred Lee. It has expanded over the years through purchases and donations. The books and pamphlets in the library contain information on a range of subjects relating to the work of anaesthetists.
There is also a Walking tour which follows the history of Anaesthesia, download it here
Group bookings of up to 15 people and talks & guided tours available. Costs might apply, contact the Heritage Centre directly firstname.lastname@example.org
There are steps at the front door, please let us know if you require a ramp. A lift and disabled toilet are available. Information about the exhibition is available in large print or Braille on request.