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OOT Redux 2007 : Special Events and Lectures


1956 ­ 2006

The 50th anniversary of the rediscovery of the 19th Century Women's Operating Theatre of Old St Thomas's Hospital, Southwark.

"Survival of an Early Nineteenth century Operating Theatre" by Raymond Russell, Guy's Hospital Reports, 1957.


Tuesday 19th June at 7:30pm

Screening of a video project by artist Richard Squires

PROGRAMME is the culmination of a project based around the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris, initiated by artist Richard Squires in 2003: a hybrid video work that interweaves drama, documentary and sporadic attempts at hypnotic communication.

At the end of the nineteenth century the Salpêtrière was the stage for Dr Charcot’s leçons du mardi - highly theatrical presentations of Salpêtrian hysteria that featured ‘star patients’ such as Blanche Wittman. PROGRAMME examines aspects of the neurologist’s practice that imply manipulation, collusion or simulation and revisits the Salpêtrière’s history as an establishment of social control during the ancien régime. Interviews with historians, dramatic reconstructions, cataleptic performances and a syphilitic narrator come together to fashion a hysterical narrative that eventually unravels to expose its own construction.

A limited edition programme with a specially commissioned text by Ian White will accompany the events. PROGRAMME is funded by Arts Council England and the University of Hertfordshire.

Tickets cost £5, advance booking recommended. Call 020 7188 2679
or email to reserve a place.

Also screening at The Whitechapel, Whitechapel High Street, E1 on 7th June 2007, priced £5. Tickets available from

OOT Redux 50 Commemorative Lecture Programme coming soon...


The Old Operating Theatre, Museum & Herb Garret
9a St. Thomas' Street, Southwark, London, SE1 9RY
Tel. 020 7188 2679 (or 020 8 806 4325). Email:

The Events programme is organised by the Museum Staff and volunteers - in particular (in alphabetic order) Stewart Caine, Sarah Chaney, Kirsty Chilton, Leonie Hannan and Karen Howell.


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