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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Visitor Information

Opening Hours

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

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


The Riddle of Shock

We are producing a series of four temporary exhibitions honouring the work of the doctors who gave anaesthesia and pain relief to wounded people during the First World War.  The four exhibitions, each lasting a year, will explore the development of anaesthesia and pain relief and how the status of anaesthesia changed during this time.  The exhibitions started in 2014 and will end in 2018. Our second and current exhibition focuses on the riddle of shock.

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A German prisoner attending to a wounded comrade on a stretcher during the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge near Potijze on 20 September 1917

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