Britain's oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre, the Old Operating Theatre Museum is situated in a herb garret in the roof of St Thomas's Church. Built in 1822 for poor women, the theatre has been restored with original furniture and equipment, including a nineteenth-century operating table, surgical instruments and pathological specimens. Visitors enter via a vertiginous wooden staircase to view a pre-anaesthetic operating theatre with tiered viewing seats for students; sanitised reenactments are sometimes held – just as gruesome as the operating tools that look like torture implements. Temporary exhibitions also take place, which often combine art with explorations of pathology.
|Venue name:||Old Operating Theatre Museum|
St Thomas Church
9a St Thomas St
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-bank holidays, Tues-Sun 10.30am-5pm|
|Transport:||Tube: London Bridge|
|Price:||£6.50, £5 concs, £3.50 under-18s, £15 family (up to 2 adults and 2 children from same family)|
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