Affiliated Organisations

Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society


Association of Anaesthetists Heritage Centre

The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre tells the remarkable story of anaesthesia, from its first public demonstration in 1846 to modern day anaesthetists working in the aftermath of wars and terrorist attacks. The Museum, rare book collection and archive are a unique resource for both curious visitors and specialist researchers.

The museum has a permanent and a temporary display, as well as pull-out drawers and flip books containing biographies and details of large anaesthetic machines. The collections give an insight into the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief.


Bristol Medico-Historical Society

The Bristol Medico-Historical society was established in 1986 as a Bristol forum open to all for the discussion of medical history. Members were encouraged to present short papers on their researches at the quarterly evening meetings and their presentation published.  Due to waning membership the society has moved to wind down, holding Saturday meetings at the Bristol Archives building once or twice a year. For details of future meetings see website or contact to be put on the circulation list.

Contact: Dr Peter Carpenter (Hon Secretary)

British Society for the History of ENT

British Society for the History of Pharmacy


British Society for the History of Radiology

De Partu History of Childbirth Group

De Partu  is interested in all aspects of childbirth and midwifery, from Ancient Egypt to the present day. Although it is principally an online forum, with a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@de_partu), we also aim to have a ‘real’ meeting every year.

Our book reviews naturally focus on the history of childbirth and midwifery in its broadest sense, and have recently extended in scope to include relevant historical fiction. No date limit is set for inclusion, since older work may still be of scholarly value.

Contact: Dr Janette Allotey. Email:

Devon & Exeter Medical Heritage Trust

Friends of Millbank

Celebrating the heritage, achievements and ongoing relevance of military medicine for healthcare worldwide. You are warmly invited to our medical history talks, open to all, normally held on the last Friday of the month on Zoom and at the former Royal Army Medical College, Millbank (now Chelsea College of Arts). See website for programme, registration, and other resources.

Contact: David Vassallo, Chairman. Email:

Friends of the Museum of Military Medicine


Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol

Herbal History Research Network

The Herbal History Research Network (HHRN) brings together historical researchers, medical herbalists, and others who are active in exploring the history of herbal medicine.

Historical Medical Equipment Society


History of Medicine Society of Wales

Hunterian Society

Lancaster Health and Medical Museum Collection

Contact: Mr Bryan Rhodes. Email:

Lindsay Society for the History of Dentistry

Contact: Dr Brian Williams. Email:

The British Dental Association has a museum in central London, open to all.

Museum of Military Medicine

The Museum of Military Medicine, Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hants GU12 5RQ.

The Museum of Military Medicine is the Army-supported museum for the history and heritage of the four Corps of the Army Medical Services: the Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Royal Army Dental Corps, and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps. It promotes heritage initiatives relating to the four AMS Corps and fosters an ‘Esprit de Corps’.

Contact: Jason Semmens, Director. Email:

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Housed in the attic of the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this atmospheric museum offers a unique insight into the history of medicine and surgery. The original timber framed Herb Garret was once used to dry and store herbs for patients’ medicines and in 1822 an operating theatre was included. Predating anaesthetics and antiseptics, it is the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe.

Osler Club of London

Royal College of Physicians – Archive, Heritage Library and Museum

Royal College of Psychiatrists – History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group (HoPSIG)

This is one of the 15 special interest groups within the Royal College and any member of the college can join as well as others by invitation. The group’s aims are to raise awareness of the value of understanding the history of psychiatry; to encourage research into the history of psychiatry, including the history of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; and to educate everyone on the the history of psychiatry. We organise conferences, witness seminars and exhibitions as well as provide advice to the College and support the College Historian in Residence.

Royal Society of Medicine – History of Medicine Society

Tel: (+44) (0) 20 7290 2985
1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE

The Scottish Society of the History of Medicine

Hon Secretary: Dr John Clark. Email:

Science Museum (Medicine Curatorial Team)

Natasha McEnroe (She/Her), Keeper of Medicine. Email:

Sheffield Aesculapian Society

Contact Dr Stephen Brennan. Email:

Suffolk Medical History Society

Contact Mac Speake. Email: Mac Speake email

Surgeons’ Hall Museums Edinburgh

Wellcome Library


Membership of the library is free for anyone with a research or study interest in the history and progress of medicine.
E-registration is available in advance of visiting or to receive news.
As well as extensive document collections the library has a large collection of images, very many of them already available in electronic form.

West Sussex History of Medicine Society

Contact: Professor & Colonel (Retd) John Richardson. Email:

Worcester Medical Museums

There are two medical  museums in Worcester sharing a common website:

George Marshall Medical Museum  and the Infirmary – Curator: Louise Price. Email:

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of
London (Faculty of the History and
Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy)

Tel: 020 7236 1189

The Faculty run two diploma courses. The Diploma in the History of Medicine and the Diploma in Ethics and Philosophy.
Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & Webmaster. Email:

The Friends of the Archives encourages members of the general public to join with them in helping raise funds for the conservation of the material in the archives and  also helps with the purchase of relevant acquisitions as necessary.

Both Faculty and Friends of the Archives hold evening lectures with eminent international speakers that are worldly renowned. Memberships are available for all of the above.
The schedule of forthcoming Eponymous lectures  (with subscription supper) is available at

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