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Heritage centre

About the Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre tells the remarkable story of anaesthesia, from its first public demonstration in 1846 to modern day anaesthetists working in the aftermath of wars and terrorist attacks. The Museum, rare book collection and archive are a unique resource for both curious visitors and specialist researchers.

The museum has a permanent and a temporary display, as well as pull-out drawers and flip books containing biographies and details of large anaesthetic machines. The collections give an insight into the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief.

For more information, email heritage@anaesthetists.org or call 020 7631 1650 option 7.

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Covid safety measures

To make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible, we have put additional safety measures in place.

With the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and in light of government changes in regulations, we now ask that whilst in the museum you wear a facemask. Also, to protect our staff and volunteers we ask that before visiting, all members of your group take a lateral flow test.

Keeping you safe during your visit 

  • The number of visitors to the museum at any one time has been limited to seven 
  • Hand sanitiser is available throughout the building and in the museum 
  • We have adopted enhanced cleaning procedures 
  • Our reception staff sit behind a screen

We recommend that you: 

  • Maintain social distancing when in the building 
  • Wear a face covering, for your safety and the safety of other visitors and staff 
  • Don’t visit if you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19 
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided, especially before and after opening the museum drawers, or at the operating theatre installation

Opening hours

The Heritage Centre is open Monday to Friday 10:00 – 16:00. Last admission is 15:30. Entry is free.

Getting here

The Heritage Centre is housed at the Association of Anaesthetists' headquarters at 21 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PY.

By underground: The nearest tube stations are Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central, and Victoria lines), Regent’s Park (Bakerloo line), and Great Portland Street (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines). The closest stations with step-free access are Warren Street (Victoria line only) and Bond Street (Jubilee line only). Find out the best way to get to us by tube with Transport for London’s journey planner.

By bus: These buses stop close to the building: 7, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27, 30, 55, 73, 88, 98, 176, 205, 553, C2. Find out the best way to get to us by bus with Transport for London’s journey planner.

By train: If you are travelling by train, the nearest stations are Euston, King’s Cross and King’s Cross St Pancras.

By bike: There is a Santander Cycles docking station at either end of Portland Place. A complete list of docking stations is available on the Transport for London website. There is bike storage at the museum f you are travelling on your own bike. Please note the storage is accessed via stairs.

By car: We do not have a car park. Local parking with NCP is available for a charge.

Accessibility

The Association is committed to providing the widest possible access to its Museum, collections and services to enable audiences from all sections of the community to enjoy use of the Museum. Our policy is to build accessibility into everything that we do to develop and improve our services. This commitment is long term and our aim is to make continuous improvements as our resources permit.

Read our Access Policy Statement.

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