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Find out all about your body in Life Zone!

 

Life Zone! is an interactive gallery that encourages children to explore their bodies.

 
 
 
 
 
 

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

 
Book your Christmas Party now at the Thackray Medical Museum!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Go back to Leeds in 1842

 

Walk through the streets of Leeds in 1842 and experience how the poor really lived and died: the squalor, the sounds and the smells!

 
 
 
 
 
 

Book a Conference

 

A unique and historic venue with modern facilities and outstanding catering and hospitality services.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The UKs Largest Medical Collection!

 

The Thackray Medical Museum preserves and cares for over 47,000 items of historical medical equipment

 
 
 
 
 
 

Browse the Archives

 

The Museum library includes a large collection of historical textbooks that illustrate equipment and techniques from the 1500s to the present day

What's on at the thackray!

 

Did you know.......the museum has FREE family activities?

Activities take place 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm every Saturday during term time. There are also activities Monday-Friday, 1pm-4pm during school holidays. Don't forget that museum tickets last for 12 months, so you can come back as often as you like! Every month is a different theme, so why not see how many different family activities you can try?

The museum runs a series of Medicine and History lectures on a Saturday every year from October to March. They look at a wide range of factors that have influenced changes in medicine and health and speakers have been chosen for their lively and entertaining approach. The lectures are suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Each session is 10am - 12.30pm and delegates can enrol for the whole series or come to individual sessions.

For more information email us or call 0113 205 6526.

    • Skeleton Science Exhibition



    BRAND NEW FAMILY EXHIBITION

    Unlock the secrets of the past


    Discover how scientists find out about the past by looking at skeletal remains and explore the fascinating work of bioarchaeologists.

    This exhibition unlocks the secrets of our long dead ancestors, using clues from just the bones left behind. Trace the life of a skeleton from excavation right through to the laboratory; explore disease, injury, family relationships and incredible journeys.

    Come face to face with a real ancient skeleton and see if you can spot some of the deadly diseases of the past.

    With hands-on activities to test your skills, you will discover how cutting edge science is helping to solve some of the greatest archaeological and medical mysteries.

    With lots of fun events planned throughout the year, this is perfect for budding archaeologists looking for family fun!


    • Recovery? From Flanders to Afghanistan


     Operation in a field hospital

    A new exhibition to mark the centenary of the First World War.

    Now Open!


    This thought-provoking exhibition looks at the complex relationship between medicine and conflict, and how the technologies of war drive medical advancements.

    Developed with the help of veterans and servicemen and women who have their own experiences of military medicine, the exhibition looks at limb loss, hearing loss and shell shock from the First World War to modern day conflicts.

    Reflect on how far technology and medicine are able to heal the body and the mind. Can recovery ever truly be achieved?

    • August Family Activities


    Drop in during the holidays and take part in our themed family activities.

    August is On your Bike month
    After the excitement of the Tour de France, we are going cycling mad for the summer. Cycling is a great way of keeping fit and active and throughout the holidays we will be investigating a different cycling theme each week.  Join us as we investigate cycling safety and security, the health benefits of cycling and cycling through the ages. Lots of activities to get involved in!

    21-26 July: Create a bike Thaumatrope and enter our healthy bike competition

    28 July-1 August: Bring in your bike or scooter to decorate and then help us create a bike work of art using bike tyre prints

    4-8 August: Create an oscillating bike

    11- 15 August: Create a racing bike

    18-22 August: Experience weird and wonderful contraptions of past and future. A different bike each day. You may see a Penny Farthing, a Unicycle or perhaps a Smoothie Bike! Take the opportunity to invent your own weird bike drawing for our museum display.

    25-29 August: Learn all about the future of cycling, including safer bikes, safer roads and help us to build the perfect road system

    On 1 and 22 August Leeds Libraries will be visiting with their Pop-Up Library

    1pm-4pm

    21 July – 29 August
    Monday - Friday only

    FREE with your 12 month ticket!

    Please ring 0113 244 4343 for specific details of the activities taking place each week.
    • Mad Hatter's Tea Party


    Join us for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party and enjoy a fun filled afternoon tea with craft activities and teacup hunts before visiting the museum galleries.

    Children £8 and Adults £10
    (Includes afternoon tea and museum access for the adults)

    Wednesday 20th and 27 August from 12pm.

    Book online here or contact our Events Office on 0113 2056526 or conference@thackraymuseum.org

    Pre-booking is essential. Includes complimentary car parking.

    Don't forget your mad hat!
    • September Family Activities


    Drop in on a Saturday and take part in our themed family activities.

    September is Bandages and Bones month
    Do you have a budding doctor or nurse in the family? Join us to practice your bandaging skills as we investigate First Aid through the ages.



    10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

    6, 13, 20 and 27 September

    FREE with your 12 month ticket!
    • October Family Activities


    Drop in on a Saturday and take part in our themed family activities.

    October is Art as Therapy month in conjunction with The Big Draw
    Explore your creative side and design your own medical and archaeological drawings inspired by examples from the past.

    10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

    4, 11 and 18 October

    FREE with your 12 month ticket!
    • Medicine & History Lecture

    • 11 October 2014
    10am-12.30pm

    Exploring the Medical Advances of the First World War
    Berwyn Kinsey, Discover Medical London - City of Westminster Guide Lecturers Association and Brigid Bradley, Exhibition Development Officer at Thackray Medical Museum

    A History of Plastic Surgery in Relation to War
    Prof. Simon Kay, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

    Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

    Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online here
    If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.
    • October Half Term Family Activities


    Drop in throughout half term and take part in our themed family activities.

    Join us for a Spooky half term
    As the nights draw in and we approach Halloween we have ghostly activities to take part in. Create your own creepy skeleton hands to take away with you.

    1pm-4pm

    27 - 31 October

    FREE with your 12 month ticket!
    • Fright Night

    • 31 October 2014

    Join us for our legendary Fright Night, but prepare to be scared!

    Details to be announced shortly.

    • Medicine & History Lecture

    • 1 November 2014
    10am-12.30pm

    Physicists & Physicians: Edith and Florence Stoney, X-Ray Pioneers and Heroines of World War 1
    Prof. Francis Duck, Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Bath

    The Tale of the Ilkley Sanitary Inspector
    David Clapham, Environmental Health Consultant

    Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

    Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online here
    If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.
    • November Family Activities


    Drop in on a Saturday and take part in our themed family activities.

    November is Hearing and Signing month
    Did you know that the museum houses one the UK’s largest collection of unusual and interesting hearing aids? Take part in a sign language lesson and have a go at making your own hearing device inspired by fascinating examples from the past.

    Victorian Silver Hearing Trumpet


    10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

    1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November

    FREE with your 12 month ticket!

    Please ring 0113 244 4343 for specific details of the activities taking place on each Saturday.
    • Medicine & History Lecture

    • 6 December 2014
    10am-12.30pm

    When Scottish Women went to War: The Scottish Women's Hospitals in the Great War
    Dr Graham Sutton, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health England

    Medical Evidence: A Historical Perspective
    Sir Mike Rawlins, former Chair, National Institute for Clinical Excellence

    Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

    Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online here
    If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.
    • December Family Activities


    Drop in on a Saturday and take part in our themed family activities.

    Join us for a Gothic Christmas
    Inspired by our imposing and mysterious building we are celebrating Christmas with a Gothic theme this year. Create your own Gothic style Christmas decorations and join in our festive celebrations.

    10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

    6 and 13 December

    FREE with your 12 month ticket!
    • Medicine & History Lecture

    • 10 January 2015
    10am-12.30pm

    A History of Cardiac Surgery
    Mr Joe McGoldrick, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Leeds Teaching Hospitals

    Hits & Misses: Stories of Public Health Microbiology
    Prof. Jim McLauchlin, Microbiologist, Public Health England

    Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

    Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online here
    If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.
    • Medicine & History Lecture

    • 7 February 2015
    10am-12.30pm

    Selling a Smile: How Companies Sold Teeth to the British c. 1850-1950
    Dr Claire Jones, Research Associate, King's College London

    The Endocrinology of Sex...& Pope Joan
    Prof. Paul Stewart, Dean of Medicine, University of Leeds

    Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

    Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online here
    If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.
    • Medicine & History Lecture

    • 14 March 2015
    10am-12.30pm

    Developing Telemedicine in Remote Locations
    Lord Swinfen, Founder, The Swinfen Trust - Assisting poor, sick and disabled people in the developing world

    The Development of Occupational Health Services
    Dame Carol Black, Principal, Newnham College, Cambridge

    Our dynamic and entertaining guest lecturers ensure their presentations are fun and entertaining, as well as educational and enlightening. All the speakers are eminent and respected experts in their fields.

    Open to everyone, and suitable for those with little or no knowledge of the subject. Delegates can enrol for the whole course or individual sessions. Every session includes two lectures, each with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

    Booking is essential and tickets are available to buy online here
    If you would like to book for the whole course, please call 0113 2056526.
    • Ghost Nights


    Sssshhhhh... What’s that noise?

    The Thackray Medical Museum is a popular venue for ghost hunts and we host professional paranormal investigators who organise special events for interested members of the public.

    Email us to find out more about organising or taking part in a Ghost Night at the Thackray Medical Museum!