The collections at Worcester's medical museums tell the story of the development of medicine and healthcare over the last few centuries, with a specific focus on Worcestershire and the West Midlands. There are exhibitions at both the George Marshall Medical Museum and The Infirmary, with additional objects, photographs, books and ephemera in storage ready to be displayed. Find out more below.
THE MIDWIFE'S POCKET COMPANION
This book, dated 1765 contains chapters on the female anatomy and of natural and unnatural births.
This head is one of ten in the Museum’s collection. They are plaster casts of the heads of Worcester criminals hanged in the early 1800s.
pamphlet for penicillin
Pamphlet issued by the Medical Research Council, 1944. This antibiotic was produced in enough quantities to treat troops by D-Day in 1944 and was nicknamed the ‘wonder drug’.
1948 Hospital Staff
Medical staff outside the former Worcester Royal Infirmary in 1948, the year the National Health Service was formed.
JOSEPH LISTER'S CARBOLIC SPRAY
This is an early example of a carbolic acid spray, the first antiseptic, dating to the 1880s.
bates gold medal
This medal was given to Linda M. Randall (nee St. Leger Chambers) in 1968 for winning the first prize at Worcester Royal Infirmary's Student Nurse Training School.
The George Marshall Medical Museum holds two autograph albums signed by soldiers who were treated at the Battenhall Mount VAD Hospital between 1915 and 1917.
Worcester City and County Lunatic Asylum Regulations, 1888. For Officers, Attendants, Servants, etc.
The monaural (i.e. for one ear) stethoscope was invented in 1816 by Rene Laennec.
A replica of a Medieval cow's horn used to feed infants.
This 1840s pneumonia jacket was given to Mr. George Marshall in the 1970s by a lady living in Fernhill Heath.
Florence Nightingale letter, 1899
Florence Nightingale wrote a letter to her housekeeper in 1899 when she was resident in Worcester for a short while.
These horns, on display in the George Marshall Medical Museum are purported to be from the very cow that Edward Jenner drew his cowpox sample from whilst investigating the prevention of small pox in the 18th Century.
This spittoon along with other examples can be seen in the Home and Domestic Care Cabinet in the Museum.
This homeopathy kit was obtained from the auction sale of the Earl of Dudley’s estate.
Machine for Lavemens
A machine for enema/douche/clysters from around 1820.