Hip, knee, elbow and finger joint prostheses


Hearing aids c.1890 to 1970


A selection from our wide collection of hearing aids, these from c.1890 to 1970.


Eye dropper set


An eye dropper set to contain 6 different eye medications.


Cupping set for blood letting


A cupping set for blood letting, made by Evans in London, c.1860


A cutting instrument for anal fistula


A special sharp cutting instrument for anal fistula in its original fitted case, c.1810



Thank you for thinking of us.

We are currently undergoing an exciting period of development, including projects to upgrade our collections management system and refurbish our galleries.

Due to our staff being very busy with these projects, we have had to suspend the following services from December 2017:

  • New donations to the collections

  • Information enquiries

  • Resource centre appointments

  • Object loans

We will review our capacity to deliver these services and will provide new advice for you in April 2018.
During this period other museums may be able to help you:
London Museums of Health and Medicine                     
Worcester Medical Museum                                          
Museum of Medicine and Health Manchester     
A museum which is local to you may also be interested in a potential donation. Please contact them to ask about their donation policies.

If you would like to know more about our development plans, please click here

When we do collect …

Please remember that we already have over 47,000 objects in our collection and can only consider rare and unusual items.

Please note we cannot accept:

  • Human remains or pathological specimens

  • Duplicates of items we already have

  • Anonymous donations

  • Items sent in the post

  • Items left at the Thackray Medical Museum without an appointment

Also, we cannot dispose of items for you.


We’re sorry, but museums are not allowed to value objects for members of the public. Please ask an independent antiques expert for a professional valuation.