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Lost in the Ether: Missing Perspectives within Anaesthesia

In February 2021, the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre was awarded £9,000 from the Association of Independent Museums Tackling Inequality Grant Award supported by Arts Council England for the project, Lost in the Ether: Missing Perspectives within Anaesthesia.

This important and necessary project seeks to: 

  • Confront attitudes towards anaesthetists because of their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality or health conditions or impairments 
  • Readdress the balance of stories the Anaesthesia Museum tells 
  • Programme events which appeal to a more diverse audience

Through the Lost in the Ether project, the Anaesthesia Museum will: 

  • Diversify the stories it tells through collecting oral histories from anaesthetists who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics identified in the Equality Act 2010. These may be either positive or negative experiences or reflections.
  • Identify missing stories and gaps within the collection so we can celebrate the important contributions made by anaesthetists from discriminated groups. 
  • Establish an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory Panel to help the museum promote EDI through its collections and public engagement activities. The panel will devise a programme of activity for 2022/23 which tackles this subject openly and transparently, and provides opportunities for frank and open discussions and debates. 
  • Produce an Equality Action Plan with SMART objectives 
  • Collate and archive research material to establish a record of changing attitudes towards race, disability and gender within the specialty of anaesthesia (through new research and working with partners [e.g. Royal College of Anaesthetists]). 
  • Recruit an EDI Consultant

Achievements so far
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Norma Gregory had been recruited on a six month basis as the museum’s EDI Consultant. One training session has been provided to staff, and the Heritage Team and Heritage Volunteers have received a training session on embedding inclusive practice in museums.

Access the presentations, sector reports and suggested reading lists

EDI Advisory Group
Interviews were held towards the end of September and five members recruited to be members of the advisory group. The first meeting was held (virtually) on 14 October 2021.

The second meeting will take place on 25 November 2021, at which the group will begin brainstorming programming/interpretation ideas.

Oral Histories
Eight people have so far been selected for interview. These will commence during November.

How you can help
If you know of any research papers, reports, statistics or articles relating to EDI within the profession then do get in touch at

If you are interested in sharing your experiences in an oral history interview, please get in touch with the Oral Historian Clare Gilliam at

Find out more about the Association’s Diversity and Equality policy