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
Dr Peter Carpenter

British Society for the History of ENT   

British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health

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

Devon and Exeter Medical Society

Friends of Millbank
Celebrating the heritage and achievements of military medicine, and its relevance for healthcare worldwide. You are warmly invited to our talks in the original lecture theatre at the former Royal Army Medical College, Millbank (now Chelsea College of Arts).
Contact Details: David Vassallo, Chairman.

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
Secretary: Dr Peter Mohr
The HMES is concerned with the study & collection of old surgical instruments and other medical, hospital & pharmacy equipment.
Further information & membership details from

History of Medicine Society of Wales
contact Mr David H A Jones FRCS

Hunterian Society

Lancaster Health and Medical Museum Collection
contact Dr Bryan Rhodes

Lindsay Society for the History of Dentistry
contact Dr Brian Williams
The British Dental Association has a museum in central London, open to all.

Old Operating Theatre Museum

Osler Club of London

Royal College of Physicians – Library and Archives

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

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: Mr Andreas Demetriades


Science Museum (Medicine Curatorial Team)

Sheffield Aesculapian Society
contact Dr Stephen Brennan

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

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 Coordinator 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 faculties and friends 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 here.

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