Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret (London) Reviews
Newest Review: ... tools used for midwifery! Almost everything you see in the museum is authentic from the 18th and 19th century, other things like the objects in the 'cabinet of curiosities' display were for decoration but even so these really add to the feel of the place. Some people may view the place as a little bit naff but it's so fascinating you look past it. The museum is definitely not for anyone squeamish but whilst we were there the only other people in the museum were a class of year fives on a school trip (I think you pay and book these in advance) and we were told when entering we were welcome to listen to the presentations being given by ... more
Customer Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret (London) Reviews (2)
by - written on 08/02/13 (Very useful, 36 readings)
I visited this museum just the other day as I have a new project and I was told this would be a good place for some research! The museum is next to the St Thomas Hospital but very hidden away in the Herb Garret of St Thomas Church. You enter the museum through a small door that leads to a very narrow, wooden spiral staircase and at the top of these stairs is another door. I think this creates a really good atmosphere for the museum as it was quite creepy! In here is a tiny room where you pay to enter and full of little nick nacks and books to buy too. You then go up another few stairs to a large wooden attic room which is the museum basically. The actual ... Read the complete review
by - written on 05/07/00, updated on 05/07/00 (Very useful, 41 readings)
The Old Operating Theatre is not for the squeamish. In fact people are fainting regularly at its recreations of 19th cent. operations. And yet it is strangely compelling. Situated in the attic of a derelict 17th cent. church, it maintains an ambience of blood curling bygone practices sealed in a time capsule. OOT combines two independent exhibits: a 19th cent. operating theatre (the oldest in the country) and 17th cent, apothecary herb garret. Both there part of St. Thomas?s hospital before it moved to its current riverside location in the late 19th cent. The place was sealed off since, and forgotten for decades, until rediscovered by a local historian in ... Read the complete review
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