What is Thackray Medical Musuem?

Thackray Medical Musuem is a place that shows off the history of healthcare. 

What do they offer?

The musuem holds a over 70 thousand items. Items that include objects, catalogues, archives and books all of which are about the history of medicine and healthcare. They also host talks, plays and events and everything they do is to pay tribute to the health heroes and generations of inventors. Also they offer a slide show tour of what they offer and you can find it with [link]. What you can expect to go into more detailed in that slide show are:

  • Disease street
  • Victorian operating theatre and mortuary 
  • Making us well, Outside In
  • Disease detectives 
  • Cutting edge
  • Innovation station

and more.


It all started in 1997 where it first opened in the former Leeds Union Workhouse building. There was also help in opening by the heritage lottery fund. It also became a leading independent medical museum and in April 2018 it was awarded a National portfolio by the Arts Council England. You can find alot more information on the history on their website that you can find with [link]


They are hosts to many different events such as exhibitions and tours. You can find a up to date list of events they have on with [link]. As it is always changing some of the events that are on as of making this listing are:

  • Behind the microscope – Exhibition
  • On the bench – Exhibition
  • Heritage Open Days
  • Insights lectures: poisons and cures


For more information on this listing check out their website using [link]

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