Led by Sue Weir RGN. DHMSA. Sue is an accredited Blue Badge Guide, former nurse and Director of Medical History Tours who takes exclusive tours, either singly or in groups, to the sites of London’s medical heritage. Programmes are tailored to sites of specific interest but there is enough to interest everybody among the richly diverse and often little known locations that London has to offer. Medical walks are a speciality, although transport can be arranged for longer excursions.
A large range of medically-themed walks through London, led by professional City of Westminster-qualified guides, allow you to uncover the secret histories of London and medicine. From blue-blooded Royalty to body snatchers, anatomists to anaesthetists, physicians and pharmacists to the founding fathers of the NHS.
Walks include ‘Medicine at War’, ‘Fit to Rule’, ‘Homes for Healing’, ‘Harley Street: Healers and Hoaxers’, ‘One for the Road’ and more.
Find out more on the Discover Medical London website including dates and full booking details.
Alternatively why not try one or more of these self-guided tours, each taking in several of the member museums?
Doing the Lambeth Pharmacy Walk!
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum has developed a self-guided tour of North Lambeth, the Lambeth Pharmacy Walk, exploring the area’s links with pharmacy, medicine and public health. Leaflets are available from the Society’s HQ at 1 Lambeth High Street or you can download it here.
From Apothecaries to Florence Nightingale – A Medical Museums Trail
Kevin Flude and Sue Weir wrote this online virtual tour of the group’s museums in 2007. It serves as a very useful preview and visit planner: Culture 24 Medical Museums Trail.
London’s Anaesthetic History
The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre offers a self-guided circular walk here. This walk follows the development of modern anaesthesia in London and visits sites of importance as well as houses of famous anaesthetists such as John Snow and Joseph Clover. It starts and finishes at the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre, which displays many objects illustrating and explaining the walk.