Where Operations Happened In 1820s! The Old Operating Theatre Museum In UK Is Reopening Soon

by Shreya Rathod
Where Operations Happened In 1820s! The Old Operating Theatre Museum In UK Is Reopening Soon

Ancient Europe has seen several haunting events from murders to the Black Plague. But it was nothing compared to the medical and surgical experiments done without anaesthetic and antiseptics. The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret which resides next to London Bridge Station showcases the horrors of these medical surgeries. After being closed for a long time, this museum is reopening on April 21st 2023.

The Old Operating Theatre Museum Is To Reopen Soon!

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Credits: The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret/ Facebook

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports granted a fund of £157,230 to replace the cracked skylight with modern and sensitive lights. This is why the museum was closed in December. And one of the newest attractions that this place is the Local Artist Exhibition which showcases different works. That includes dried plants that hang from the roof, sinister charms of its gleaming poison bottles, and more! The museum is set to reopen on April 21st and it’s free entry for everyone!

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A History Worth Remembering

Earlier, surgeries were performed without any anaesthetics or facilities. And that was a bloody affair! Moreover, there were no lights so the surgeons had to wait till noon to perform any kind of surgery — especially amputation. Thinking of patients losing their limbs and hearing their screams is truly terrifying and sends chills down your spine.

The medical practices in 18th and 19th century Europe were based on superstitions though it was not promoted in the textbooks. In addition to this, fatal pandemics like Black Plague and smallpox added to the strain and unsuccessful medical practices and discoveries. Millions have died due to insufficient medical care. But scientific temperament and advanced technology have enhanced medical practices and benefited the people who needed it.

We love discovering the unknown — especially the ancient lifestyle of people. What they ate and wore, the agricultural techniques, and more! But most importantly, how the ancient people cured diseases. The evolution of medical sciences helps us analyse how far we have come along.

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If you are a history buff, comment below and tell us what you think of this museum.

Cover Image Courtesy: The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret/ Website