Tucked away up the stairs of a little English Baroque church in Southwark, London lies the historic Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, the oldest operating theatre in Europe. Built into the herb garret of St Thomas's Hospital over 180 years ago and rediscovered in 1956, this little handful of rooms crammed full of Victorian medical oddities is a modest but fascinating counterpart to the Surgeons' Hall Museum in Edinburgh.
Like that museum, the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret also hosts a packed schedule of lectures and events on a variety of medicine-related topics, including the history of pathology, after-death photography and the operated body in film and literature. A detailed list of their events for the next two months can be found on the museum website, along with detailed histories of St Thomas's, Guy's and Evelina Children's Hospitals in London, resources for the history of medicine, a digital catalogue of the objects on display at the museum, and more.
Thanks go to the blog post on Penny Dreadful Delights for giving us the opportunity to know about this obscure but special space.