Thackray Museum

Thackray Museum
Near St James's Hospital
Beckett Street
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS9 7LN
England

Website

www.thackraymuseum.org

E-mail

All enquiries

info@thackraymuseum.org

Telephone

All Enquiries

0113 244 4343

Fax

0113 247 0219

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The Thackray Museum has been England’s Visitor Attraction of the Year and is a fantastic day out, transporting you into a living experience of health and medicine, past, present and future.

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Leeds street and see brave developments in surgery and healthcare. Discover who first experimented with vaccination. See astounding surgical instruments and perfect plastic body parts then go on to explore the human body in Life Zone and find out what your brain smells like!

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open daily 10.00am until 5.00pm. Last entry 4.00pm.

Closed 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st December and 1st January.

Admission charges

Adults £7.00
Children (5-16) £5.00
Concessions £6.00
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children). £22.00

Parking for museum visitors is £1 per vehicle.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Access for visitors with disabilities: The museum has a car park with spaces reserved for orange badge holders.
The car park is next to the museum entrance. There is a dropped kerb and the approach to the museum is level.
The bus stop is situated approximately 100 yards from the museum.

The museum exhibitions are spread over 2,500m² on two floors. There is a lift to all floors, and seating throughout the galleries. All areas of the museum and almost all exhibits are accessible to wheelchair users. Space for wheelchair users can be reserved in the conference centre auditorium.

Induction loops are fitted throughout the galleries and in the conference centre auditorium. Written text versions of all sounds within the displays are available.

Many areas of the museum contain objects, displays and interactives which can be touched and there are many exhibits which include sound.

A wheelchair is available on request. Please telephone to book.

Fully accessible toilets are located on the ground floor next to the lift, and on the first floor in the entrance to the conference centre. There are steps down to the baby change area.

The museum collection has over 35,000 objects which, in particular, include a vast range of surgical instruments dating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection also includes a unique collection of English pharmacy ceramics. The library has over 8,000 books, including the largest collection of medical trade literature in the world. This award-winning interactive museum looks at how improved living conditions and medical advances help us to live around 50 years longer than we did in 1840. Spend a fascinating three hours exploring the slums of Victorian Leeds as one of the town's ‘characters’ and discover some of the weird treatments available. In ‘Pain, Pus and Blood’ experience surgery without anaesthetics and in ‘Having a Baby’ see how childbirth has become safer. Finally in Life Zone!, enter the giant gut and explore the human body.

Collection details

Medicine, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Charles F Thackray
  • public health, childbirth, medicine and healthcare
  • surgical instruments
  • pharmacy ceramics
  • medical trade literature
  • Victorian Britain
  • Medicine
  • Medicine Through Time
  • Anaesthetics
  • Bodyworks
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Field hospital during World War I

Unknown Heroes Exhibition

  • 17 July 2014 — 31 December 2018 *on now

A thought-provoking look at the medical advances that emerged from the First World War, drawing in parallels from modern day conflicts. Created in collaboration with servicemen and women who have experience of medicine in war, the exhibition looks at shell shock/PTSD, limb loss and hearing loss and how they are treated then and now.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 11-13

Admission

£7 adults museum entry
Concession £6
Child £5
Family (2 adults 2 children £22)

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.
Men of the Royal Scots Greys ride their horses on a road at Brimeux. A windmill can be seen across the fields behind them.
The Royal Scots Greys by on the road at Brimeaux, 25 May 1918.

When Scottish Women Went to War

  • 6 December 2014 10am-12:30pm

Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online.
If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

Adults: £16.00, concessions: £14.00.

Website

http://www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk/What-s-on/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

GCSE History Resource Pack

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

Essential for planning your visit to the museum. Contains details on how to structure a visit, suggestions for activities and numerous worksheets, plus teacher’s answer sheets. A must for all secondary school teachers planning a visit. Relates directly to Medicine Through Time.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The packs can be purchased for £9.95 in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Accidents, Beatings and Bladders: Life in the mills and factories Resource Pack

Contains photographs and engravings of the inside and outside of mills and factories, as well as contemporary descriptions of life in such establishments. Mr. Drinkwater’s report contains details of the beatings and accidents and makes compulsive reading. Extracts have been edited so that
children of mixed ability can access the material. After class discussion based on these sources it is possible for children to accurately reconstruct a day in the life of a factory child.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Britain Since 1930: Life and health before and after the introduction of the NHS

Provides a lively introduction to issues relating to medicine, public health and living conditions in the 1930’s and the tremendous impact of the NHS on daily life. Specifically designed for use by teachers with little knowledge of the issues surrounding the introduction of the NHS.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Florence Nightingale Led Session

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

This is a fully interactive taught sessions for key stage one which includes investigation, role play and the use of time lines. It lasts for approximately 90 minutes.
Meet Florence Nightingale and find out how she became a nurse then follow her journey to the Scutari Hospital and help her to improve the conditions in the hospital. Help Florence decide how she should travel and what to take on her journey. Will you be able to make things better for the wounded soldiers in Scutari?

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The workshop costs just £4.00 per pupil which includes a visit to the museum. The museum’s education programme is very popular and so once you have decided you would like to visit us it is essential that you call as soon as possible to make a provisional booking. Once a date has been agreed you will be sent a booking form, which should be completed and returned to the museum’s education department as soon as possible to confirm the booking. A deposit is not required but we ask that payment should be made on the day of your visit by cash or cheque.
Telephone the education department on 0113 205 6521 to make your booking.

Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and the Crimean War Resource Pack

Contains copies of superb contemporary engravings. By looking carefully at the pictures children can rapidly build up an idea of what it was like to be a solider in the Crimean War. This pack deals with everything from the life in the camps to the troops in action and is supplemented with source material on Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
N.C Study unit 3a: Victorian Britain C.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Florence Nightingale Resource Pack

Activities include packing Florence’s suitcase for the journey to the Crimea, writing a letter persuading your parents to let you go with her and devising a healthy diet for the patients at Scutari. Other activities cover learning strategies including sequencing, timelines and persuasive writing. The pack contains teacher’s notes, suggested activities and images. Links directly to Unit 4 : Who was Florence Nightingale and why do we remember her?
Resource produced as part of Museums and Galleries Education Programme Phase 2.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

GCSE Pain, Pus and Blood Surgery Pack: Includes a short video of Hannah Dyson’s Ordeal.

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

This pack provides an invaluable resource which teachers can use to reinforce issues raised in the GCSE syllabus. It contains a wide variety of original source material and notes from the museum’s galleries, covering the introduction of anesthetics, antiseptics and blood transfusion.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The packs can be purchased for £12.95 in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

GNVQ Health and Social Care

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

This pack covers some aspects of the Part One, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced units for the 2000 specification, including Units 3,4,5 and 9 (Foundation), Units 3 and 10 (Intermediate)
and Unit C Part One Health and Social Care and AVCE Health Promotion. Written by practicing teachers, the pack includes guidance notes for tutors, assessment criteria and evidence sheets and worksheets for students.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The packs can be purchased for £20.00 in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Indiana Bones and the Temple of Food /Baskerville’s Secret Bone

Follow Indiana on his sometimes dangerous journey following food through the human body. Choose your favourite meal from the menu - even chips with everything! On the secret bone hunt help Baskerville to find his bone store by playing the health and lifestyle game.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Key Skills Level 2 Application of Numbers

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

Designed in line with Key Skills guidelines, this pack covers areas such as; obtaining relevant information, selecting appropriate methods to get results, calculating showing methods and presentation of findings

Creator

  • Thackray Musuem

How to obtain

The packs can be purchased for £4.95 in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Key Stage 2 Literacy Pack

A range of support materials with suggestions and examples for follow up work from a visit to the museum.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £4.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Key Stage 2 Maths

This illustrated pack includes worksheets, teachers’ notes and answers for Key Stage 2 maths. Designed for use in conjunction with a visit to the museum, it aims to develop
maths skills in an interesting and relevant way.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £4.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Key Stage 3 Maths Bridging Units

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

Designed in line with the National Numeracy Strategy this pack provides worksheets and activities based around the museum galleries. It includes practical activities which involve gathering information by counting and measuring then presenting it in a variety of graphs and charts. Ideal for summer numeracy schools.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The packs can be purchased for £3 in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Life as a Victorian Child Resource Pack

This pack examines the question “what was life like for children living in Victorian Britain?” It includes lesson plans, primary source materials and writing frames. The latest teaching strategies are used to encourage children to participate in exciting learning activities.
This pack links directly to unit 11 in the QCA Scheme of Work.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £7.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Mary Seacole

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=281

The life of Mary Seacole and her contribution to medicine and healthcare, looking at why she went to Turkey to help soldiers injured in the Crimean War, and what happened as a result of her work - good interactive about herbal medicines.

Publisher

  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Privies, Pests and Pollution: Public health in Victorian towns Resource Pack

Photographs, engravings and lurid descriptions of horrific living conditions are included in this pack. The materials are structured so that each unit deals with a specific aspect of public health, ranging from polluted water and filthy privies through to food adulteration and overcrowding. Children are given enough information to form a clear impression of why it was dangerous to live in Victorian times. N.C Study unit 3a: Victorian Britain D.

Creator

  • Thackray Musuem

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Rat Eaters, Pig Polesand Seaside Frolics: Victorians at leisure Resource Pack

Perhaps the most unusual collection of primary source material in the series. The children can examine Victorian posters advertising everything from the Chinese jugglers through to the appearance of Henry Brown in his “bloomer costume”. The pack also contains Mr. Spark’s description of the Leeds Fair 1865. Finally the children are introduced to Dr Heaton who kept a diary of his holiday to Bridlington: guidebooks, newspaper adverts and trade directories can be used to plan an exciting day out for Mrs. Heaton and the family.
N.C Study unit 3A: Victorian Britain E.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Sherlock Bones’ Voyage of Discovery Activity Pack

Designed for use in conjunction with a visit to the Bodyworks Gallery, this pack contains activity sheets, fact sheets and notes for teachers about everything from “How do I smell?” to explaining the human machine to aliens.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £8.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Streets Alive CD ROM

Experience the sights and sounds of the slums of Victorian Leeds. Choose a character, discover the risks to their health and meet the people who tried to make them better, in this interactive resource.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

This CD Rom can be purchased for £9.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

The Galleries for Key Stage 1 & 2

The Thackray Museum has been designed to offer a fun, interactive and valuable educational experience for Key stage 1 & 2 pupils. Telling the story of medicine, from the daily grind in the slums of Victorian Britain to the wonders of modern surgery the Thackray Museum’s galleries bring to life the history of health, disease, treatments and cures, medical discoveries, equipment and technology.
Transport your class back to the grim reality of life for the poor in Victorian Britain. Walk through the streets of Leeds in 1842 and experience how people really lived and died: the squalor, the sounds, the smells. Choose a character in the street scenes and follow their life and ailments.

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

A visit to the museum costs just £4.00 per pupil (not including a led session). The museum’s education programme is very popular and so once you have decided you would like to visit us it is essential that you call as soon as possible to make a provisional booking. Once a date has been agreed you will be sent a booking form, which should be completed and returned to the museum’s education department as soon as possible to confirm the booking. A deposit is not required but we ask that payment should be made on the day of your visit by cash or cheque.
Telephone the education department on 0113 205 6521 to make your booking.

The Galleries for Key Stage 3 & 4

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

The Thackray Museum has been designed to offer an interactive and valuable educational experience for Key stage 3 & 4 pupils. The galleries have been designed to support the “Medicine Through Time” module in GCSE History and a visit is an excellent introduction to the course or a valuable tool as an aid to revision. Telling the story of medicine, from the daily grind in the slums of Victorian Britain to the wonders of modern surgery the Thackray Museum’s galleries bring to life the history of health, disease, treatments and cures, medical discoveries, equipment and technology.
A Visit
Transport your class back to the grim reality of life for the poor in Victorian Britain. Walk through the st

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

A visit to the museum cost’s just £4.00 per pupil.The museum’s education programme is very popular and so once you have decided you would like to visit us it is essential that you call as soon as possible to make a provisional booking.
Once a date has been agreed you will be sent a booking form which should be completed and returned to the museum’s education department as soon as possible to confirm the booking. A deposit is not required but we ask that payment should be made on the day of your visit by cash or cheque.Telephone the education department on 0113 205 6521 to make your booking.

Victorian Britain Primary History Resource Pack

http://www.thackraymuseum.org

Essential for planning your visit to the museum. Includes a range of investigations and activities for children before, during and after their visit. Topics include: public health, medicine in Victorian Britain and activities based on the Leeds Union Workhouse, the building in which the museum is housed.

Creator

  • Thackray Musuem

How to obtain

The pack can be purchased for £8.95 (plus p&p) in the museum shop, by post or by calling the education department on 0113 205 6521.

Victorians Alive! Taught session

This is a fully interactive taught sessions for key stage two which includes object investigation and role play. It lasts for approximately 2 hours. Spend your day as a Victorian at the Thackray Museum. Explore time packages of objects relating to six of the characters from the streets of 1842 Leeds and build up a picture of their lives from the artefacts and documents.
Discover where you live and work. Find out what happens when you become ill and decide which cure to try. Can you afford your treatment?

Creator

  • Thackray Museum

Publisher

  • Thackray Museum

How to obtain

The workshop costs just £4.00 per pupil which includes a visit to the museum. The museum’s education programme is very popular and so once you have decided you would like to visit us it is essential that you call as soon as possible to make a provisional booking. Once a date has been agreed you will be sent a booking form, which should be completed and returned to the museum’s education department as soon as possible to confirm the booking. A deposit is not required but we ask that payment should be made on the day of your visit by cash or cheque. Telephone the education department on 0113 205 6521 to make your booking

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