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ODP – Old Operating Theatre and Gordon Museum trip 05/07/23

ODP London



3rd year ODP students and apprentices are invited to visit London to see the Old operating theatre and the Gordon museum.

Booking is now open for ODP students to purchase their tickets at £10 each, travel is not included.


Detailed Description

Old operating theatre – 12:30 – 14:00

Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, St Thomas’ Church, 9a St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY - See map

We will have exclusive access to the Museum during our 90-minute visit; including a talk - Victorian Surgery talk Brought to Life for 45 minutes, followed by 45 minutes self-guided, exclusive access to the Museum supported by an optional worksheet that encourages further exploration of our collection.

Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.
Access to the attic is through a narrow 52-step spiral staircase.

Please note: There are no public toilets onsite at the Museum. We advise visitors to use the public toilets located either in London Bridge (mainline) Station or Borough Market.

The Gordon Museum of Pathology – 15:30 – 17:30

The Gordon Museum of Pathology, Hodgkin Building, Guy's Campus, London SE1 1UL

The Gordon Museum of Pathology is not open to the general public and is only available to medical professionals and students. King’s Gordon Museum of Pathology is the largest medical museum in the UK and contains some rare and unique artefacts including Lister’s antiseptic spray and the original specimens of kidneys, adrenal glands and lymph nodes which led Richard Bright, Thomas Addison and Thomas Hodgkin to describe the medical conditions that bear their names.

The Museum’s primary function has always been to help train medical, dental and biomedical students and professionals to diagnose disease and as such it provides a range of services and functions to The School of Medicine and to medical professionals. The Museum supports the studies of over 9,500 current healthcare students.

As the museum is a licenced premises to store human tissue under The Human Tissue Act (2004) it is not open to the public, you must bring your ID badge as evidence you are a healthcare student. Photos, videos or sharing images of the museum exhibits on social media is not permitted.

Your payment covers entry to both museums including the talk. Travel is not included, and you will need to make your own way to both locations for the allocated times.


Privacy Notice:

At Christ Church University we are committed to protecting your privacy. Your personal information is used to secure your place on the trip and to support access to a museum as a healthcare student with the university.

Personal information will be stored for a maximum of 1 year and only shared with staff responsible for the organisation of the trip.

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