Old Operating Theatre Museum

The Operating Theatre is found in the roof space of an English Baroque Church. At first glance this placement seems bizarre. It makes more sense when it is realised that the wards of the South Wing of St. Thomas’ Hospital were built around St. Thomas’ Church.

Placing the Theatre in the Herb Garret of the Church provided a separation from the ward. It gave a separate entrance for students, and afforded a measure of sound proofing. In 1815 the Apothecary’s Act, which required apprentice apothecaries to attend at public hospitals, meant that hordes of students poured in to watch operations.

Another really unusual and interesting place to visit!

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Old Operating Theatre Museum, 9a St Thomas Street, London. SE1 9RY
 Call 0207 188 2679

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