New Frontiers of Surgery

Permanent exhibition

This exhibition showcases the transformation of surgical procedures since the mid-1800s, largely thanks to the introduction of general anaesthetic and antiseptics.   The first public operation...

Pain, Pus and Blood

Permanent exhibition

Almost half of all patients undergoing major surgery in Victorian times died, either from blood loss, shock or infection. No-one knew about germs and there were no anaesthetics to numb the pain, or...

Having a Baby

Permanent exhibition

What is it like to have a baby? This exhibition uses real stories to explore how the experience of giving birth has changed since 1890.   Giving birth in 1890 was very dangerous. Death of...

Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan

Permanent exhibition

A thought-provoking look at the medical advances that emerged from the First World War, drawing in parallels from modern day conflicts. Created in collaboration with servicemen and women who have...