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Celebration of the achievement of a long-term lease for the Museum

For many years the Old Operating Theatre Museum has been attempting to secure a long-term lease for the Museum in the Garret of St Thomas Church. This has finally been achieved – on Dec 14th 2012 the Museum was granted a 125 year lease from the Cathedral Group. The Museum and the Cathedral Group have been sharing St Thomas Church for some years and the cooperation between the two organisations has been beneficial for the Museum. We are very pleased that the Cathedral Group have been able to grant the Museum the security it has been seeking. since 1962.

For the first time since it was opened in 1962 the Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret are secure for the foreseeable future.

50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Old Operating Theatre Museum

On the 27 October 1962 the Old Operating Theatre Museum was opened as a Museum, after its rediscovering in 1956 To commemorate the occasion, the Museum has designated 2012 – 2013 as a year of celebration of the Museum's 50th Anniversary. The year began with an Open Day in which the Museum was opened free to the public. Remarkably, one of the first people to turn up was the direct descendent of William Millard, one time Superintendent of the Dissection room at St Thomas Hospital, who became one of London's most notorious Bodysnatchers. Later on the same day, the Grandson and Great Grandson of the first Curator of the Museum, J R Scott also turned up at the Museum unannounced.

The re-discovery of Britain's oldest surviving operating Theatre is described on our web site

25th Anniversary of the Director's involvement with the Museum

On May 3rd 1988, Kevin Flude and his business partner Paul Herbert took on a 3 month trial period as managers of the Old Operating Theatre. At the time the Museum had 4,500 visitors a year and was open 3 half days a week, with a part-time member of staff.

25 Years later the Museum welcomes 34,000 visitors and is open 7 days a week and has a staff team of 9 people. In 1988, Kevin Flude and Paul Herbert ran London's leading guided walks company. They used to bring people to the Museum but then found the Museum closed. Concerned about the future of the Museum, Kevin and Paul offered to run the Museum for the Lord Brock Memorial Trust. The Trust asked for a business plan and after an interview, Kevin and Paul began running the Museum. Both had previously worked for the Museum of London, and Kevin had worked as an Assistant Keeper at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The trial period worked and the contract has been in place ever since.  



National Trust Partner - September 2013

The Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Garret becomes a National Trust Partner On September 1st

the Old Operating Theatre Museum became a National Trust Partner. The Partnership is an exciting new venture between the National Trust and a selection of small, independent heritage attractions and museums within London. The Partnership aims to bring enhanced benefits to National Trust members living in London or for those visiting the capital for a day out; helping to provide increased opportunities to explore our rich and diverse heritage.

In return, partner museums benefit from increased visitor numbers and an exchange of know-how in a community of equality with the Trust. The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret in St Thomas Street, London SE1 is joining Benjamin Franklin House, Dr Johnson’s House, Foundling Museum, Hall Place and Gardens, Keats House, Leighton House Museum and the Museum of Brands as National Trust Partners.

national Trust members will be entitled to a 50% discount on entry on presentation of their valid membership card. Kevin Flude, the Director of the Old Operating Theatre Museum, said 'This is an important development in the history of the Old Operating Theatre Museum. The Museum is a very important survival from our medical past, and we hope our association with the National Trust will help bring the Museum to a wider public.'

Information on the partnership is available on the National Trust website  

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The Museum entrance coming down St Thomas St from Borough High St
The full scaffolding covering the bell tower and Church
The Museum entrance coming up St Thomas St from Guy's Hospital (Museum doorway by red signs)

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Restoration of the Church!

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From the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Our Blood Pack Launched
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PROGRAMME - Richard Squires:
OOT Redux 50 Film Screening

Museum Wins Heritage Award:
Museum and Heritage Award for Excellence

OOT REDUX 50 - Events and Development

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Museum Fund-Raising Campaign

Joint Account : Art by Shelley Wilson March 2007

A Bloodless Field : Medical Dramas at the Museum April 2007

Specimen : Artworks by Karen Ingham, Nov-Dec 2006

MLA Project : Working With Young People At Risk Of Exclusion

The Coffin Crypt 2006 - Building work at the Museum

Matter Into Imagination Art by Susan Aldworth, June-Aug 2006


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