Discover

We preserves and care for over 47,000 items of historical medical equipment – those on display are just the tip of the iceberg!

Visit searchroom

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 visits to our search room.

We will review our capacity to deliver these services and will provide new advice for you shortly.

If you would like to know more about our development plans, please visit our Upcoming Developments page.

Ask an expert

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 information enquiries.

We will review our capacity to deliver these services and will provide new advice for you shortly.

During this period other museums may be able to help you:
London Museums of Health and Medicine
Museum of Medicine and Health Manchester

If you would like to know more about our development plans, please visit our Upcoming Developments page.

Donate to the collection

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 new donations to the collections.

We will review our capacity to deliver these services and will provide new advice for you shortly.

During this period other museums may be able to help you:
London Museums of Health and Medicine
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 visit our Upcoming Developments page.

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.

Valuations

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.