Nanny Anita on A Trip to the Old Operating Theatre | My Baba

While doing some research about activities in the Southwark area I came across another hidden gem, literally, blink and you would miss this place. Intrigued about what this place was, I took my two charges (aged 4 and 2 yrs at the time) to have a look round. I would highly recommend that if you are taking little ones here to leave the buggy at home, to get up to the museum you have to climb a very narrow and steep winding staircase. Being the eager beavers that we are, we arrived quite early, which in one way was great because there were lots of school groups arriving, but on the other hand, there is no where to wait.

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The museum is like stepping back into the Victorian era, the main “attraction” is seeing the operating room, as it would have been back at the turn of the last century. It is actually built in the attic of St. Thomas’s Church and is where patients from the surrounding St Thomas’s Hospital would have been taken for their operations. The rest of the museum contains all the equipment that they would have used. The whole museum is quite dark and dingy but rather than be a negative thing, it adds to the atmosphere of the place.

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There are some trails and activities available there for children to do if they so wish, but there are lots of talking points and things to see if you don’t want to use their resources. The eldest of my charges was interested in the whole process of what would have happened and how we do operations differently now, while the 2 year old declared that she would not like to have her leg cut off here and that it would hurt a lot!

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I would highly recommend this museum to anyone as something different to see, it would be especially good for those that are studying this period in history, or if you have a child who would like to be a doctor. I think younger children would be better giving this one a miss, although my almost 3 year old charge enjoyed herself, I would probably not take her again until she is slightly older. If you do decide to visit this museum it will certainly not disappoint and will be the topic of conversation for many weeks.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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