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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.

Opening Hours

Entry is free.

The Heritage Centre is open Monday to Friday 10.00 – 16.00. Last admission is 15.30.


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.

Please click here to read our Access Policy Statement.

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