Learn the history of our health at Thackray Medical Museum

Leeds, Yorkshire

Discover the history of medicine through the ages at the fascinating Thackray Medical Museum.

This building has a history of helping people. Back in 1861, Thackray Medical Museum was a workhouse that offered shelter to the homeless and poor people of Leeds, before turning into a hospital and then a museum as it stands today.

Stuffed with medical records, supplies, books and equipment that once belonged to a pharmacist, Mr Charles Thackray, nowadays this Grade II listed building tells the unique story of Leeds’ medicinal history, recreating the sights and smells of the streets in the 1800s.

They’ll also give you a grimy glimpse into the ‘cures’ that were available in Victorian times, and the days of medical procedures when – gulp – no one knew about germs or anaesthetics. Rather them than us.

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