Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret  

 
 
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9a St Thomas Street, Bankside, London SE1 9RY
 
 
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Closed 15 Dec-5 Jan (excl 2 Jan)
 
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£6.50 (Adults), £5.00 (Concs), £3.50 (Children), £13.90 (Family)
 

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Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb GarretHidden away in the roof space of the old St Thomas Baroque church, this restored 1821 women's operating theatre is the oldest operating theatre in England. The 19th century Old Operating Theatre is located on the original site of St Thomas' Hospital. The theatre - together with the Herb Garrett that also shares roof space - provides a fascinating glimpse into the past using exhibits to tell the story of surgery and herbal medicine. Functioning before antiseptic and anaesthetic surgery was invented, the theatre?s ominous collection of sawing, cupping, bleeding, trepanning and childbirth instruments appear more implements of torture than healing. The wooden spectator galleries surrounding the operating bed provide a stark reminder of the audiences who would gather, with morbid fixation, in the "theatre" to observe proceedings. In the oak-beamed Herb Garret pharmaceutical jars bursting with excavated plant remains from wormwood to knitbone perch, ready for action, on wooden shelves. Tours, talks, lectures combined with the location, detail and design of this museum make this place one of intrigue and interest - as well extreme squeamishness.

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8-18 London Bridge Street, SE1 | 1 minute from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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London > Attractions > Boats and Bridges
Pickfords Wharf, Clink Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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96 Tooley Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 4 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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The Alchemist
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 7th to 30th June 2016 - Various Times
Rose Theatre, 56 Park Street, SE1 | 4 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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31 St Thomas Street, Bankside, London SE1 | 1 minute from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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, The Breakfast Club, Bankside, London SE1 | 3 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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9a St Thomas Street, Bankside, London SE1 | Same location as Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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London > Business > Venue Hire
London Bridge, Bankside, Bankside, London SE1 | 5 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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London > Business > Venue Hire
Old Billingsgate Market, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, City, London EC3R | 7 minutes from Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
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