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




First of all, thank you for thinking of us!

However, 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.

If you believe you may have a rare and important item that you would like to donate which is relevant to the history of medicine, please email us or telephone 0113 244 4343 to speak to a curator.

Don’t forget that other local museums may be interested in items that we cannot accept. Please contact them to ask about their donation policies.

What on earth is it?

Do you have a mystery medical object? We can identify it for you or help you carry out your own research using our Medical History Resource Centre, open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Both these services are free of charge.

Please email us or telephone 0113 244 4343 to arrange a time to carry out your research or to ask a curator about your object. We can also identify your object by email, so simply send us an image and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!


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.