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

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Transportation of wounded by horse-drawn light railway during the Battle of Ancre Heights, October 1916. IWM Q1348.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


General admission is free. There is a small charge per person for group visits. To book a visit email or call 020 7631 8865.

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
21 Portland Place
Greater London




020 7631 1650


020 7631 4352

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