Leeds - Thackray Museum

 Leeds - Thackray Museum
Address: Beckett Street
Tel:0113 244 4343
Fax:0113 247 0219
Web Site:www.thackraymuseum.org/

Provision for Disabled Visitors
The museum has a car park with spaces reserved for orange badge holders.

  • The car park is next to the museum entrance. There is a dropped kerb and the approach to the museum is level.
  • The bus stop is situated approximately 100 yards from the museum.
    In The Museum
  • Normal admission charges apply, but essential carers are admitted free of charge.
  • The museum exhibitions are spread over 2,500m2 on two floors. There is a lift to all floors, and seating throughout the galleries. All areas of the museum and almost all exhibits are accessible to wheelchair users. Space for wheelchair users can be reserved in the conference centre auditorium.
  • Induction loops are fitted throughout the galleries and in the conference centre auditorium. Written text versions of all sounds within the displays are available.
  • Many areas of the museum contain objects, displays and interactives which can be touched and there are many exhibits which include sound.
  • A wheelchair is available on request. Please telephone to book.
  • Fully accessible toilets are located on the ground floor next to the lift, and on the first floor in the entrance to the conference centre. There are steps down to the baby change area.
    Cafe & Catering
  • Please contact us in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.

    The Museum was the inspiration of Paul Thackray, grandson of Charles F Thackray, founder of the medical company bearing his name in Leeds in 1902.

    With the aid of a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum has been established in a former workhouse building adjacent to St James's Hospital. The displays, which opened in March 1997, explain the ways in which peoples lives have changed over the last 150 years as a result of improvements in public health, medicine and healthcare. The building also has a large conference and corporate entertainment centre.

    The museum collection has over 35,000 objects which, in particular, include a vast range of surgical instruments dating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection also includes a unique collection of English pharmacy ceramics. The library has over 8,000 books, including the largest collection of medical trade literature in the world.

    Since opening, the museum has gained an Interpret Britain Award, a Museum of the Year Award, has been nominated for European Museum of the Year and awarded a Sandford Award for Excellence in Education.

    This award-winning interactive museum looks at how improved living conditions and medical advances help us to live around 50 years longer than we did in 1840. Spend a fascinating three hours exploring the slums of Victorian Leeds as one of the town's characters and discover some of the weird treatments available.

    In Pain, Pus and Blood experience surgery without anaesthetics and in "Having a Baby" see how childbirth has become safer. Finally in BodyWorks, enter the giant gut and explore the human body.

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