Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00, appointment recommended

Admission charges

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

Additional info

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

Collection details

Archives, Literature, Medicine, Science and Technology

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Anaesthesia Lates: The Guinea Pig Club

  • 18 May 2018 6-9pm

Join us for a special event to celebrate our latest exhibition, Brave Faces.

Hear from Dr Emily Mayhew, author of The Reconstruction of Warriors, with an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book.

To be reissued in March 2018, The Reconstruction of Warriors tells the story of maverick surgeon Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery on aircrews who suffered horrific burns and the RAF Guinea Pig Club. Dr Mayhew's talk will be followed by a Q&A, book signing and drinks reception with a canapé menu.

Brave Faces is the last 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.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£15.00 (full price), £12.00 (concessions)

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
21 Portland Place
Greater London




020 7631 1650


020 7631 4352

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