Whatever your educational interest, a visit to any of the member museums within the London Museums of Health and Medicine will provide you with plenty of learning experiences.  Listed below are details of some of our member museums that offer specific learning opportunities - sessions and resources for schools, universities, adult groups and individuals.  Please contact a particular museum to find out more or to discuss how that museum might meet your needs.  Member museums not specifically listed on this page may also be able to help with your requirements - just get in touch.

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum
St Mary's Hospital
Praed Street
W2 1NY

Contact: Kevin Brown, Trust Archivist and Curator
Tel: 0207 886 6528
Website: www.imperial.nhs.uk/aboutus/museumsandarchives/index.htm

Visits to the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum are tailored to the age, ability and interests of educational groups.

Staff will visit a school, college, university to talk on such themes within the history of medicine as Fleming and penicillin, hospitals and nursing, the history of bacteriology, antibiotics and the fight against infection, the origins of the National Health Service, bringing along slides and objects to illustrate the talks.

Educational resource packs are available on Fleming and penicillin and on Hospitals and Nursing 1845-1948.

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
21 Portland Place

Tel: 020 7631 1650

Email: heritage@aagbi.org

Website: http://www.aagbi.org/education/heritage-centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre offers group visits to schools, universities and adult education groups.

Visits include tea & coffee, a guided tour of the museum, an object handling session and a talk on the history of anaesthesia from one of our volunteers.

As all our volunteers are retired anaesthetists, the visits can be tailored to specific interests, such as paediatrics, obstetrics or dentistry.

These visits must be booked in advance, and the museum can accept a maximum of 20 visitors.
A Key Stage Three Education Pack can be downloaded here.


Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road

Contact: Caroline Smith
Tel: 020 3228 4537
Website: museumofthemind.org.uk/learning

We want to make learning as accessible as possible and welcome visits from schools, universities and community groups.

We are currently piloting several options for school visits.

Inside Psychology - These facilitated visits include a presentation on the hospital and the history of treatment, time in the museum and a question and answer session.  We then add one/two of the following depending on the interests of the group and the availability of staff: an archive session, a workshop based on ethics in mental health care, an analytical session based on the painting The Maze (viewable on the website), an artefacts session.

Self-guided visits - These include a short introductory talk and a visit to the museum which now includes sections on labelling and diagnosis, freedom and constraint, temperament, treatments and recovery.  Teachers are welcome to make an advance visit and develop their own activities.

We also take bookings for adult learner groups for self-guided viits. If requested in advance, we can also provide a talk and/or object handling sessions. We can also provide off-site talks; in return, we will ask for travel expenses to be paid, and a donation to be made to the museum.

All our learning sessions are free but we do actively encourage donations to help it remain so.

Please contact us if you would like to book a visit or require further infromation.

BDA Dental Museum Year 3 pupils at the BDA Dental Museum
64 Wimpole Street

Contact: Rachel Bairsto
Tel: 020 7563 4549
Website: www.bda.org/museum/

The BDA Dental Museum provides a range of services for formal and informal education groups of all ages...

Early years: our loans boxes support the topic 'People Who Help Us' and include jigsaws, games, dental outfits and books.

Primary schools: linked to the year 3 'Teeth and eating' curriculum we offer full day sessions at the museum, an outreach service to schools, loans boxes and teachers’ packs. Our aim is reinforce messages provided by teachers by placing the topic in a broader, historical context and through fun methods to encourage pupils to take better care of their teeth through an appreciation of the lack of opportunities had by most people in the past.

Secondary schools: We have downloadable resources on 20th century medicine for secondary school teachers, particularly those teaching Year 9. These resources have been developed in conjunction with the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Visit our Health Histories website for further details.

Adult groups: (e.g. local history/archaeology societies, U3AS, walking tours). We provide guided tours of the museum which can last from 20 minutes to two hours - the latter includes a film show and the chance to handle some original artefacts. We also provide an outreach service giving talks about the history of dental care. These talks can also be arranged in conjunction with the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology at the Museum of London.

British Optical Association Museum
The College of Optometrists
42 Craven Street

Contact: Neil Handley, Curator
Tel: 020 7766 4353
Website: The MusEYEum Education and Outreach

A wide range of specialist and non-specialist adult groups have already visited the museum for customised tours of varying length and subject. Please contact us to discuss your individual needs.

We welcome school visits to the museum in small groups. These are primarily suitable for the 11-18 age range especially students of A/AS Level Physics. All tours are different and will be tailored to your particular needs to embrace optical science, personal eye health or an ophthalmic-centred approach to the general history of medicine. A pre-visit by teaching staff considering arranging a group visit is strongly recommended. Joint tours with the nearby Benjamin Franklin House can also be arranged. In addition the museum offers off-site talks and lectures and careers information, or we can contribute an optically-themed feature to your own heritage events. 

For an eyefull of interpretational content visit the online exhibitions of the MusEYEum.

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Contact: Hayley Kruger, Learning and Events Officer
Tel: 020 7869 6566
Email: Bookings: 020 7869 6566
Website: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/learning-and-access

Educational Visits - Classes from year 7 upwards are welcome to visit the Hunterian Museum. We are happy to provide free introductory tours of the museum to all UK-based schools. Tours must be booked in advance and can accommodate a maximum of 30 students plus accompanying staff (1:10).
(Tours are free but are subject to a cancellation charge of £50 if you do not provide 14 days notice of cancellation.)

GCSE History, Medicine through Time - A visit to the Hunterian Museum will bring the Medicine through time syllabus to life for students. It will help them to learn about and enhance their understanding of the history of surgery and medicine from the medieval period to the present day. Working in groups the students explore four main themes including blood, patient experiences, cleanliness and inside the body to create their own tour of the collections.  Students work with material from the museum, library and archive collections and have an opportunity to handle original objects from the museum and archive. Led by experienced educators the students are encouraged to work as part of a team, to use their knowledge and understanding of the subject to inform their choices and to explore the collections to develop their investigation and interpretative skills.

'Cutting Edge' Careers Workshops - Aimed at years 11-13 these sessions combine practical surgical skills and the opportunity for pupils to meet medical students, doctors and surgeons. Recommended for students thinking of or in the process of applying for medical school. Half day sessions or full-day AimHigher workshops are available on selected dates throughout the academic year.

Visit our website for downloadable resources to prepare your students for their vsiit and enhance their experience

Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

Down’s Syndrome Association, The Langdon Down Centre
Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, Teddington
Middlesex, TW11 9PS

Website: http://www.langdondownmuseum.org.uk/

We welcome visits from groups:

educational visits from infant to secondary; cross-curricular visit which includes the social history of learning disability, citizenship, art and design, English and drama. For older children we include discussion actvities.

Further and higher education: students studying heritage, social care, learning disability.

Adult Groups: any groups with an interest in local history. 

Visits are led by museum staff. 

The museum was the home and institution developed by the Victorian physician Dr John Langdon Down and his family where a revolutionary and enlightened approach was developed for the care of people with learning disabilities. It includes exhibitions about the work of Dr John Langdon Down, Normansfield and the Royal Earlswood Asylum. It also displays objects made by James Henry Pullen. The building also contains a Grade II* listed Victorian theatre.

Contact: Lesley Alabaf
Email: Lesley.Alabaf@downs-syndrome.org.uk
Telephone: 0333 1212 300

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
66 East Smithfield

Contact: Keeper of the Museum Collections
Tel: 020 7572 2210
Website: www.rpharms.com/our-museum/learning-resources.asp

  • Informal tours of our vast, weird and wonderful collection
  • Object handling sessions to develop a greater understanding of how people lived in the past
  • Schools loans boxes for KS1 and KS2 - The Medicine Chest
  • Citizenship- Pharmacy Debate Packs
  • Science talks and workshops- "Making and Taking Medicines: Past, Present and Future"
  • Downloadable resources on 20th century medicine for secondary school teachers, particularly those teaching Year 9. These resources have been developed in conjunction with the BDA Dental Museum. Visit our Health Histories webpage for further details
  • Antibiotics resource designed for Key Stage 4 available on the website

Science Museum

Exhibition Road

The Science Museum Learning team offers a wide range of resources and events, both in the Museum and in School and Community venues.

For details of our wide offer for learners of all ages, visit our website: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

The Science Museum provides many resources for teaching - including GCSE History - Medicine Through Time.  If you are a teacher, visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators

The Educators' web area provides advice about using the museum, information about planning and booking a visit and a range of free downloadable resources to bring ideas to life in your classroom.  There is also information about special events, from shows and drama in the museum, to our popular Outreach programme where We visit you bringing a range of shows and activities for students of all ages.

Visit the Science Museum's galleries to support Medicine Through Time: In Glimpses of Medical History find out how it felt to be a doctor or patient at different times in history.  In The Science and Art of Medicine see more than 5000 objects from around the world illustrating the history of medicine in western and non-western cultures, or visit Health Matters, a provocative exhibition about developments in twentieth century medicine.

You could arrange a meeting with one of our Drama characters . Meet Mary Seacole, pioneering nurse in the Crimean War; or question Marie Curie about her struggle to become one of the great names in science. You could even meet the world's first Pregnant Man - have your say: fantastic achievement or crime against nature? 

Visit Brought to Life online to see 4,000 objects from the history of medicine, 16 themes of authored content on topics such as disease and epidemics, practising medicine and with interactives featuring the Black Death, how an iron lung works and diagnosing 17th century patients.

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road

Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
Website: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/visitus

Group visits and tours

Groups are welcome and we offer free, guided tours of the galleries for groups of 8 to 20. Please note that we consider our gallery content to be most suitable for visitors aged 14 plus.

To organise a group visit, please email groups@wellcomecollection.org telling us a little more about your group, the proposed date(s) and time(s) of your visit, number of people, and which galleries you would like to visit.

Schools and Youth Groups

From spring 2014, we will have a range of free study days designed for people aged 14-19. Although these are intended to link in with the National Curriculum, we also welcome students on enrichment days and youth and community groups.

To find out more about booking a session from spring 2014 onwards, please contact the Youth Programme team: youthprogrammes@wellcomecollection.org.

If you would like to keep up to date with what's happening over the next year and be first to hear about our new projects, please sign up to our termly e-newsletter. Email your name, email address and organisation to youthprogrammes@wellcomecollection.org and indicate whether you would like to receive our teachers' news or youth workers' news.

Big Picture: the Wellcome Trust's science education magazine for young adults (post-16).

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