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21 Portland Place is closed but business as usual continues for all membership services

Unfortunately, due to significant water damage, our headquarters remain closed while repairs are undertaken. Our staff team are working hard to maintain business as usual.  

Heritage centre


Members can read our latest heritage-themed Anaesthesia News

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.

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

Opening Hours

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

Group Visits

The museum is able to host groups of up to 20 people, but these must be booked in advance. Group visits include a talk on the history of anaesthesia, object handling and a tour of the museum. These are charged at £7 per person, including refreshments (charges for 2019-2020). There is no charge for schools or higher education groups, though a refundable deposit is needed at time of booking. For more details contact us or to confirm your booking, please submit a group booking form or school booking form.

Please click here if you would like to leave feedback for a recent visit.

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.

Please click here to read our Access Policy Statement.