Up what feels like a contender for the narrowest flight of spiral stairs in London, you’ll find the wonderful world of the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret. Located in the loft of the 300 year old St Thomas’ church is the oldest surviving operating theatre in Europe, dating back to 1822.
If your curiosity is incurable you’ve hit the jackpot with the Wellcome Collection. With two permanent collections, Medicine Man and Medicine Now, as well as a fabulous Reading Room and an excellent programme of temporary exhibitions, you can lose hours in this place.
If you ever get the opportunity to go to an event at Barts Pathology Museum in London, grab it by the body-parts (not the ones on display there – don’t touch those please). Continue reading “‘Delicious Decay’ at Barts Pathology Museum, London”
Stepping into the glass case surrounded central alcove of the Hunterian Museum is spine tingling, and not just because you can actually see some articulated spines on display. Having heard that the museum will be closing for three years of redevelopment I felt the need for a pilgrimage. Continue reading “The Hunterian Museum, London”
You may have spotted in the news that the University of Edinburgh and Luma 3D Ltd have gotten together to create something awesome – a virtual tour of the Edinburgh Anatomical Museum available in app form and it is FREE! It opens up the museum and Old Medical School Building that are not usually accessible to the public, giving the chance to explore the collection without leaving your house. Continue reading “Edinburgh Anatomical Museum App”
Medical museums are not for the faint hearted. If the idea of seeing skeletons or human body parts floating in formaldehyde repulses then these museums are to be avoided at all cost. Personally I find these places fascinating. In a society where death and dying are taboo subjects and even the bodies of family members tend to be dealt with in hospital rather than at home, we rarely see death other than on a television screen. Continue reading “Surgeons’ Hall Museums, Edinburgh”