Old Operating Theatre Museum

Old Operating Theatre Museum
Old Operating Theatre Museum

Europe's oldest surviving operating theatre housed in the attic of an early 18th c church. Links to shop, puzzles, visit us, etc., here:

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We’re excited to announce that our new augmented reality experience is now LIVE for summer 2021! Created in partnership with tech specialist Arcade Ltd, our app gives you the chance to come face to face with a surgeon from the early 19th century! All you need to do is download our free app on your own mobile device, and then look for the icons to bring Mr Travers to life: search 'Old Operating Theatre' on the Apple and Google Play stores, or follow the link in our bio to find out more!

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#oldoptheatre #herbgarret #oldopshop #oldopevents #oldopgrapevine #histmed #pharmhist #VictorianSurgery #AnatomyTuesday #BottleoftheWeek #supportmuseums #letsdolondon #letsdolondonbetter #hiddengem #londoncalling #toolsofthetrade #secretlondon #Atlondonbridge #augmentedreality #ar #arcadeltd

Old Operating Theatre Museum

We’re excited to announce that our new augmented reality experience is now LIVE for summer 2021! Created in partnership with tech specialist Arcade Ltd, our app gives you the chance to come face to face with a surgeon from the early 19th century! All you need to do is download our free app on your own mobile device, and then look for the icons to bring Mr Travers to life: search 'Old Operating Theatre' on the Apple and Google Play stores, or follow the link in our bio to find out more! . . . #oldoptheatre #herbgarret #oldopshop #oldopevents #oldopgrapevine #histmed #pharmhist #VictorianSurgery #AnatomyTuesday #BottleoftheWeek #supportmuseums #letsdolondon #letsdolondonbetter #hiddengem #londoncalling #toolsofthetrade #secretlondon #Atlondonbridge #augmentedreality #ar #arcadeltd

Our #MondayChallege is here to make your day! A challenging composition of our poison cabinet is begging to be put back together in this new jigsaw puzzle! Share your times for epic bragging rights. Got to puzzle via our links in bio. 😀

Wait! You want to see this in person? No worries! We've got you covered! Book your visit to our museum via our links in bio too! 😉
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#oldoptheatre #herbgarret #histmed  #atlondonbridge #apothecary #VictorianSurgery #hiddengem #surgery #pharmhist #instapassport #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #thisislondon #shutup_london #unlimitedlondon #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #game #jigsawpuzzle

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Our #MondayChallege is here to make your day! A challenging composition of our poison cabinet is begging to be put back together in this new jigsaw puzzle! Share your times for epic bragging rights. Got to puzzle via our links in bio. 😀 Wait! You want to see this in person? No worries! We've got you covered! Book your visit to our museum via our links in bio too! 😉 . . . . . . . . #oldoptheatre #herbgarret #histmed #atlondonbridge #apothecary #VictorianSurgery #hiddengem #surgery #pharmhist #instapassport #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #thisislondon #shutup_london #unlimitedlondon #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #game #jigsawpuzzle

Calling all Southwark Borough Residents! 📍All Southwark Borough residents will get 30% off an Old Op Family Ticket from Friday 30th July to Saturday 4th September! Follow the link in our bio to purchase your Family Ticket, and on presentation of a utility bill or Southwark Presents card, your discount will be refunded to you!
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#oldoptheatre #herbgarret #oldopshop #oldopevents #oldopgrapevine #histmed #pharmhist #VictorianSurgery #supportmuseums #letsdolondon #letsdolondonbetter #hiddengem #southwark #southwarkpresents

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Calling all Southwark Borough Residents! 📍All Southwark Borough residents will get 30% off an Old Op Family Ticket from Friday 30th July to Saturday 4th September! Follow the link in our bio to purchase your Family Ticket, and on presentation of a utility bill or Southwark Presents card, your discount will be refunded to you! . . . . . . . #oldoptheatre #herbgarret #oldopshop #oldopevents #oldopgrapevine #histmed #pharmhist #VictorianSurgery #supportmuseums #letsdolondon #letsdolondonbetter #hiddengem #southwark #southwarkpresents

Join us from the comfort of your home while our team takes you to the Victorian era and demonstrates the surgical procedures that were performed in our operating theatre!  We'll be livestreaming on August the 26th at 6 P.M: you can purchase tickets for the event by following the link in our bio!
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#oldoptheatre #oldopVIP #herbgarret #histmed #pharmhist #histsci #apothecary #VictorianSurgery #Museum #HiddenGem #HiddenLondon #PrivateTour #ExclusiveTour #SecretLondon #StaycationLondon #LetsDoLondon #LondonCalling #AtLondonBridge #historyofmedicine #historyofpharmacy #hiddenattic #MuseumSummer

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Join us from the comfort of your home while our team takes you to the Victorian era and demonstrates the surgical procedures that were performed in our operating theatre! We'll be livestreaming on August the 26th at 6 P.M: you can purchase tickets for the event by following the link in our bio! . . . . . #oldoptheatre #oldopVIP #herbgarret #histmed #pharmhist #histsci #apothecary #VictorianSurgery #Museum #HiddenGem #HiddenLondon #PrivateTour #ExclusiveTour #SecretLondon #StaycationLondon #LetsDoLondon #LondonCalling #AtLondonBridge #historyofmedicine #historyofpharmacy #hiddenattic #MuseumSummer

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Do you know about the herb garret in St Thomas' Church? A garret is a very old word for an attic where you can comfortably stand straight. The apothecaries of Old St Thomas' Hospital requested the use of the garret around 1703 for drying and curing herbs to make medicines. Storing herbs in the oak beamed roof of the church meant excess moisture could be absorbed in the wood and also offered protection against vermin. Experience shows it is a good place to dry herbs. The apothecary’s offices and workshop were also further down St Thomas’ Street, so the apothecaries did not have far to go to reach their medicinal herbs. It seems like access to the garret at this time was through an external staircase located on the left hand corner of the garret coming from the central courtyard of Old St Thomas' Hospital. Just another fascinating fact about our museum. Just another fascinating fact about our museum. Want to see it for yourself? Then book your visit via our links in bio. 😀 . . . . . #oldoptheatre #herbgarret #histmed #atlondonbridge #hiddengem #victorian #victorianmedicine #herbalmedicine #apothecary #herbs #oldstthomashospital #oldopcollection #instapassport #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #thisislondon #shutup_london #unlimitedlondon #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity

Old Operating Theatre Museum

🎉It's the summer holidays and we can't wait to welcome you to Europe's oldest surgical operating theatre! . This summer, head down to the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret and be captivated by our immersive and evocative space full of medical marvels and stories. Find out how they got the patients into the roof of a church; learn how 19th century surgeons performed an amputation; and explore the dubious remedies and potions of the Victorian quack doctor! 🤩 . Check out the link in the bio to see what's in store when you book a ticket TODAY by checking out the link in our bio 👆

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Our Old Op Shop is open and stocked full of medical and anatomical goodies! If you can't make it in-person to the museum just yet, you can find a lot of our products in our online shop: follow the link in our bio to see the full range! Every purchase really helps us out--thank you for all of your support so far! . . . . . . #herbgarret #shoplocal #backinlondonbridge #atlondonbridge #product #moderndesign #designing #designs #staycation #shopping #designers #prototype #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #tv_living #thisislondon #shutup_london #london_only #unlimitedlondon #staycation #anatomy #anatomical #oldopshop #oldoptheatre

As it is Friday (we think 🤔!), it means that it is #bottleoftheweek! Here we have a magnificent pair of French apothecary bottles, made in the 1880s with a colourful printed paper label reading "Pastilles Benzoate Souda" and "Teinture de Viburnum". The later was a tincture made from Cramp bark and historically it has been used as an antispasmodic and preventative for miscarriages. Cramp bark was included in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia in the 19th century. 

If you would like to see these gorgeous bottles for yourself, why not book a time slot with us? You can book via our links in bio. 😀
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#oldoptheatre #herbgarret #histmed  #atlondonbridge #apothecary #pharmacyhistory #hiddengem #apothecary #bottleoftheweek #pharmhist #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #thisislondon #shutup_london #unlimitedlondon #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #stilllife #letsdolondonbetter #letsdolondon

Old Operating Theatre Museum

As it is Friday (we think 🤔!), it means that it is #bottleoftheweek! Here we have a magnificent pair of French apothecary bottles, made in the 1880s with a colourful printed paper label reading "Pastilles Benzoate Souda" and "Teinture de Viburnum". The later was a tincture made from Cramp bark and historically it has been used as an antispasmodic and preventative for miscarriages. Cramp bark was included in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia in the 19th century. If you would like to see these gorgeous bottles for yourself, why not book a time slot with us? You can book via our links in bio. 😀 . . . . . . . . . . #oldoptheatre #herbgarret #histmed #atlondonbridge #apothecary #pharmacyhistory #hiddengem #apothecary #bottleoftheweek #pharmhist #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #thisislondon #shutup_london #unlimitedlondon #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #stilllife #letsdolondonbetter #letsdolondon

Low stock alert for our Leg Dangle Earrings! ⚠️ We only have two pairs of these beautiful wooden earrings by Beth Crane left in the Old Op Shop! Find them online at the link in our bio, along with our full range of jewellery! 
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#herbgarret #shoplocal #backinlondonbridge #atlondonbridge #product #moderndesign #designing #designs #staycation #shopping #designers #prototype #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #tv_living #thisislondon #shutup_london #london_only #unlimitedlondon #staycation #anatomy #anatomical #oldopshop #oldoptheatre

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Low stock alert for our Leg Dangle Earrings! ⚠️ We only have two pairs of these beautiful wooden earrings by Beth Crane left in the Old Op Shop! Find them online at the link in our bio, along with our full range of jewellery! . . . . . . #herbgarret #shoplocal #backinlondonbridge #atlondonbridge #product #moderndesign #designing #designs #staycation #shopping #designers #prototype #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #tv_living #thisislondon #shutup_london #london_only #unlimitedlondon #staycation #anatomy #anatomical #oldopshop #oldoptheatre

Did you know that we now offer VIP Guided Private Tours? Our VIP guided private tour with our in house historical expert will give you exclusive access to the Museum during the days when we are not open to the public, and it makes for an ideal gift or as part of a special trip to London.
Our VIP Guided Private Tours are designed for a maximum of 6 people; they are 1.5 hours in length, and complimentary refreshments will be available. 
For prices and booking please go to the bottom of our Schools & Groups page in our website (accessible via our links in bio).
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#oldoptheatre #oldopVIP #herbgarret #histmed #pharmhist #histsci #apothecary #VictorianSurgery #Museum #HiddenGem #HiddenLondon #PrivateTour #ExclusiveTour #SecretLondon #StaycationLondon #LetsDoLondon #LondonCalling #AtLondonBridge #historyofmedicine #historyofpharmacy #hiddenattic #MuseumSummer

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Did you know that we now offer VIP Guided Private Tours? Our VIP guided private tour with our in house historical expert will give you exclusive access to the Museum during the days when we are not open to the public, and it makes for an ideal gift or as part of a special trip to London. Our VIP Guided Private Tours are designed for a maximum of 6 people; they are 1.5 hours in length, and complimentary refreshments will be available. For prices and booking please go to the bottom of our Schools & Groups page in our website (accessible via our links in bio). . . . . . #oldoptheatre #oldopVIP #herbgarret #histmed #pharmhist #histsci #apothecary #VictorianSurgery #Museum #HiddenGem #HiddenLondon #PrivateTour #ExclusiveTour #SecretLondon #StaycationLondon #LetsDoLondon #LondonCalling #AtLondonBridge #historyofmedicine #historyofpharmacy #hiddenattic #MuseumSummer

#OldOpRecommends Catharine Arnold's Necropolis: London and Its Dead! Curious about how London dealt with its dead and the ever changing attitudes of its inhabitants towards death and the dead? Then this book is for you! Available now in the museum, or in the online Old Op Shop: follow the link in our bio to see our full range of books! 
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#herbgarret #shoplocal #backinlondonbridge #atlondonbridge #product #moderndesign #designing #designs #staycation #shopping #designers #prototype #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #tv_living #thisislondon #shutup_london #london_only #unlimitedlondon #staycation #anatomy #anatomical #oldopshop #oldoptheatre

Old Operating Theatre Museum

#OldOpRecommends Catharine Arnold's Necropolis: London and Its Dead! Curious about how London dealt with its dead and the ever changing attitudes of its inhabitants towards death and the dead? Then this book is for you! Available now in the museum, or in the online Old Op Shop: follow the link in our bio to see our full range of books! . . . . . . #herbgarret #shoplocal #backinlondonbridge #atlondonbridge #product #moderndesign #designing #designs #staycation #shopping #designers #prototype #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity #tv_living #thisislondon #shutup_london #london_only #unlimitedlondon #staycation #anatomy #anatomical #oldopshop #oldoptheatre

Old Operating Theatre Museum

The most important thing to note about these 19th century #toolsofthetrade is they were not designed for use on living patients! There, don’t you feel better now? 😁 They are dissection hooks used to hold back layers of dissected tissue. The ring was pinned to the dissecting bench to keep the hooks and tissue secure. They were included in dissection sets alongside scalpels, forceps, scissors, cartilage knives and a blowpipe! The study of surgical anatomy through hours of human and animal dissection was considered vital for surgeons operating on fully conscious patients (although, some surgeons put in more hours than others). Dissection sets were therefore essential kit for medical students and experienced surgeons. So why not come and see ours at the museum! Book your tickets via our link in bio 😀 Image: Wellcome Collection #oldoptheatre #herbgarret #histmed #atlondonbridge #hiddengem #victorian #victorianmedicine #oldstthomashospital #oldopcollection #dissection #anatomy #surgery #instapassport #aroundtheworldpix #ig_masterpiece #campinassp #flashesofdelight #travelog #mytinyatlas #visualmobs #thisislondon #shutup_london #unlimitedlondon #nothingisordinary #still_life_gallery #flatlay #tv_colors #stilllife #todays_simplicity

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