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April 2024

Sat 13th Apr 2024

Tour of the Old Operating Theatre

  • Sat 13th Apr 2024
  • 11:30

Physical event
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, 9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY

Join us on Saturday 13 April for a visit to the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe, situated in the heart of London. Discover this unique part of the history of medicine and surgery located in the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas Hospital. Originally used as a garret (attic space) for the hospital's apothecary to dry herbs for medicines, in 1822 the space was modified to include a women's operating theatre. Following redevelopment of the site, the garret was boarded up and left forgotten for almost 100 years before its rediscovery in 1956.

Starting at 11:30am, on our self-guided tour we will discover the history of the building and the rough and ready nature of healthcare in mid-19th century London. The museum offers a snapshot of a different era, a time when epidemics were common and where common hygienic practices were only beginning to be adopted. Following our tour, we will enjoy lunch nearby, with the event due to draw to a close at approximately 2pm. Tickets cost only £9 per person for adults and £7 for over 60s and students to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating look into the past of Victorian London. Please note that lunch will be payable at individual cost. 

 Please note that the Museum is in the attic space of a 320 year old church with the entrance via a 52-step narrow spiral staircase. Further details regarding access can be found here: 

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Tour: Price £8.00: Last booking date Thu 04th Apr 2024 09:00 pm

Places Remaining: 19

Thu 18th Apr 2024

Speaker Series - Tony Paice - 'Overkill or Underkill'

  • Thu 18th Apr 2024
  • 18:15

Physical event
  • Guildhall, 71 Basinghall St, London EC2V 7HH

The Master and Court of the Guild of Mercers Scholars invite you to a discussion by our Past Master Tony Paice regarding his recently published book, ‘Overkill or Underkill’.  Covering the events surrounding the Iraqi takeover of Kuwait in 1990 during the Gulf War, Tony Paice will speak from his own personal experience of the events leading up to the conflict breaking out. 


A former Foreign Service officer who was in Kuwait at the time of invasion, Tony brings a unique perspective to the history of the conflict. Of particular interest will be the events surrounding the seizure of British Airways Flight 149 and the hundreds of passengers taken hostage by the Iraqi forces.


Taking place at the Guildhall on Thursday 18 April, the evening will begin with light refreshments from 6:15pm, shortly after the conclusion of the Lady Day court meeting. The talk will commence at 6:30pm, and after a 40-45 minute presentation the guests are invited to ask questions of Tony, enjoy the drinks available and each other's company until the evening concludes at approximately 7:45pm. Tickets for the evening should cost in the region of £20. The exact sum will be confirmed shortly. Payment will be taken following confirmation of the cost.

 Be sure to book in for an enlightening evening concerning a chapter of history which is not widely know of today, but had a sizable impact on later Western involvements in the Middle East.