From the first effective anesthetics to the first female surgeons, and from the discovery of vaccinations to the development of forensic medicine to solve crimes…the 19th century witnessed new discoveries about medicine that were thrilling, but could also seem terrifying.
It is no coincidence that writers of this period also created some of the most famous and enduring gothic monsters in fiction. From Frankenstein’s creature to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Dracula, monsters of the nineteenth century continue to scare us today. But they are all of them inspired by the medical advances – and fears – of their own times.
Come and explore a Victorian doctor’s study, experience the wonder and fear of 19th century medicine and find out if you have what it takes to be a Victorian surgeon.
Step inside this interactive and fun exhibition aimed at children and adults alike. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.