Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre contains the Association’s archives, museum and rare book collection and is open to everyone. The Heritage Centre is a unique resource for research into the history of anaesthesia.

Admission free. Appointments recommended.

The Heritage Centre contains the Association’s archives, museum and rare book collection and is open to everyone. The Heritage Centre is a unique resource for research into the history of anaesthesia. 


The Anaesthesia Museum contains objects relating to the history of anaesthesia. The earliest object in our collections is a resuscitation set of 1774. Our collections give an insight into the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief.


The museum has a permanent and a temporary display, as well as pull-out drawers and flipbooks containing biographies and details of large anaesthetic machines.


The Association’s archives date from its foundation in 1932 and record its development. We also hold the private collections of individuals, societies and institutions related to the history of anaesthesia. 


The anaesthesia library contains rare books, complete sets of Anaesthesia and theBritish Journal of Anaesthesia, historic pamphlets, technical literature and audio-visual material. The library developed from the collections of Dr K Bryn Thomas, A Charles King and Dr J Alfred Lee. It has expanded over the years through purchases and donations. The books and pamphlets in the library contain information on a range of subjects relating to the work of anaesthetists. The library does not include modern journals and pamphlets but concentrates on the history of anaesthesia, pain relief and resuscitation.

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

21 Portland Place
London Greater London United Kingdom W1B 1PY

Opening hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00-16:00