Association of Anaesthetists

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre at the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland was founded from a donation by A Charles King but has since embraced numerous contributions. The collection encompasses the entire history of anaesthesia, from Morton's demonstration of ether inhalation in 1846 to modern anaesthetic machines and appliances still in use today. An archive and library provide excellent facilities for research into the history of anaesthesia.

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The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
21 Portland Place
Tel. 020 7631 1650
Fax. 020 7631 4352

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Opening Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00-16:00
We recommend that visitors make an appointment.

The Museum will close for Easter on Thursday April 17, and will reopen on Tuesday April 22 at 10:00.

Free admission

National RailEuston, St Pancras/King's Cross
London UndergroundOxford Circus, Regent's Park, Great Portland St
Buses7, 8, 10, 18, 25, 27, 30, 55, 73, 88, 98, 176, 205, 553, C2


Out of Our Comfort Zone: Providing Pain Relief in a Crisis


Providing Pain Relief in a Crisis Exhibition

Exhibition runs to June 2014

This temporary exhibition explores the work of doctors, and especially anaesthetists, treating injuries caused by wars and terrorist attacks. Anaesthetists are more likely to have the range of skills required to treat people with injuries resulting from accident, disaster or terrorist attack than any other group of doctors and are called on to treat patients at the scene. At the Moorgate tube disaster in 1975, sixteen of the eighteen doctors on site were anaesthetists.

As well as showing the development of pain relief during a crisis since its first use in 1847, the exhibition also features a special display on the 7/7 London bombings with an interview from an anaesthetist who treated casualties from Edgware Road.

This exhibition celebrates the development of pain relief, and pays tribute to those who have been affected by wars and disasters.

Free entry, but booking is highly recommended. Please email or call 020 7631 1650/8806.

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