Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
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.
Museum, Archive, Library
Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, appointment recommended
General admission is free. There is a small charge per person for group tours.
A self-guided walk "Blue Plaques and Buildings - a history of anaesthesia walk around London" is now available in digital format.
All the collections (museum, library and archive) relate to the history of anaesthesia, pain relief and resuscitation and celebrate the people who helped the specialty to develop
Archives, Literature, Medicine, Science and Technology
The Price of a Mile
- 1 August 2016 — 30 June 2017 *on now
The Price of a Mile is the third in a series of exhibitions honouring the work of doctors who administered anaesthesia and pain relief to the wounded of the First World War. It explores the anaesthetics and pain relief available during the Battle of the Somme, and the facilities and techniques used by medical teams in 1916.
- Any age
General admission is free. There is a small charge per person for group visits. To book a visit email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7631 8865.
Anaesthesia Museum Lates: The Price of a Mile
- 19 May 2017 6-8pm
Join us for a special event to celebrate our latest exhibition, The Price of a Mile: Anaesthesia during the Battle of the Somme.
Hear from Dr Emily Mayhew, author of A Heavy Reckoning: War, Medicine and Survival in Afghanistan and Beyond, with a private view of images from award-winning photographer Rupert Frere, and the museum's latest exhibition, The Price of a Mile.
To be published in May 2017, A Heavy Reckoning explores trauma and medicine in wartime from the First World War to Afghanistan and modern rehabiliation centres. Dr Mayhew's talk will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with military anaesthetists, book signing and drinks reception with a special canapé menu.
The Price of a Mile is the third in a series of exhibitions honouring doctors who gave anaesthesia and pain relief during the First World War, and explores the facilities and techniques available to medical teams
Tickets are £15 and must be purchased in advance.
Students tickets are £12.
Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
21 Portland Place
020 7631 1650
020 7631 4352