Thackray Medical Museum
Housed in one of the most impressive Victorian buildings in Leeds, the museum is truly unique and the only museum of its kind in the North of England. Through nine interactive galleries we will take you on a journey of discovery to explore the incredible world of medicine. Travel from the Victorian age to the present day to explore the fascinating world of surgery and find out how breakthroughs in science have changed all our lives for the better.
Exciting family activities take place during the school holidays and every Saturday during term time and special events for all ages run throughout the year, from talks and films, to drama performances, adult dissection lessons and fright nights.
We open our doors to 20,000 school students every year, and reach out to many more through our in-classroom work, educational resources, loans boxes, and teacher events. We’re committed to working with schools to enhance knowledge and learning about the history of medicine and related subjects. Our education programme is carefully designed to complement and support the national curriculum as well as teaching plans and examination requirements.
The museum has been awarded the Sandford Award for Heritage Education for a number of years. This is an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles.
We aim to make learning exciting, enjoyable and inspiring. Students can explore our recreation of a Victorian street to experience the grim reality of life in the 19th century with all its squalor, smells and attendant health problems, or join Florence Nightingale as she travels to the Crimea and discovers the terrible conditions in wartime hospital wards.
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