October Half-Term Workshops

Location: The Old Operating Theatre

October 22, 2019 - October 25, 2019

A series of interactive workshop for families who want to discover something different this half-term at the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.

Frankenstein’s Methods

Tuesday, 22 October & Thursday, 24 October, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

How did Frankenstein actually make his infamous monster? How did Victorian surgeons practice dissection? Where did they get dead bodies from? Do our bodies really have a spark of life? Join this interactive drama-based family workshop in our Victorian operating theatre and explore the science behind Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Be ready for some gory details about dead frogs, dead bodies and things coming back to life!

Double Double, Toil & Trouble

Wednesday, 23 October, 12:00 PM -1:00 PM

An interactive potions class and creative writing workshop in the atmospheric surroundings of The Old Herb Garret. Participants will learn about the use of animals and herbs in the history of medicine.  They will then use our collection as the inspiration to create their own poetic variations on the famous witches spell from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Double Double, Toil & Trouble.

Pomander Pumpkins

Friday, 25 October, 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

For hundreds of years it was believed that if you breathed in a horrible smell it would cause you to become very unwell.  As a protection, people would carry a scented ball called a pomander, which would be held to their nose if they were entering into a smelly area. Join this crafty and creative family workshop to learn more about historical and contemporary herbal health and wellness and make your own Halloween themed ‘pumpkin’ pomander to take home with you.

These family workshops are free but the general Museum admission applies.

Please contact the Museum at education@oldoperatingtheatre.com or call 02071882679 as booking is essential for this event and there are limited spaces available.

All materials will be provided by the Museum, please note that sewing needles will be used in this activity.

Please Note: *Access to the Museum is through a 52-step spiral staircase.