Anaesthesia Heritage Centre


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21 Portland Place
London
Greater London
W1B 1PY
England

  • Phone: 020 7631 1650

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre is a unique resource for the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief. Visit the centre to explore the inspiring stories of the people, past and present, who have done so much to keep patients safe and pain-free. The museum’s collection includes over 4,500 objects, encompassing the entire history of anaesthesia from the first demonstration of ether in 1846 to machines and equipment in use today. The archives and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, appointment recommended

Charges:

General admission is free. There is a small charge per person for group tours.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities:

  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Toilets
  • Wi-fi available
  • Education facilities available

Facilities information:

A self-guided walk "Blue Plaques and Buildings - a history of anaesthesia walk around London" is now available in digital format.

Services:

  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Guided tours
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Braille information and/or interpretation
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Loan service
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available

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