We preserve and care for over 47,000 items of historical medical equipment, demonstrating both the scope and importance of medicine and its history.
We are currently undergoing an exciting period of development, including projects to upgrade our collections management system and refurbish our galleries. We are therefore not able to offer visits to our search room at present.
We will review our capacity to deliver this service and will provide new advice on reopening.
Ask an expert
Due to work on projects to upgrade our collections management system and refurbish our galleries, we are not able to answer enquiries at the moment.
Donate to the collection
Thank you for thinking of us. Unfortunately, we have limited capacity to consider potential donations during our redevelopment but you can get in touch via ‘contact’ below if it is urgent. We will review our capacity to deliver this service and will provide new advice for you as soon as possible.
During this period other museums may be able to help you: London Museums of Health and Medicine Museum of Medicine and Health Manchester A museum which is local to you may also be interested in a potential donation. Please contact them to ask about their donation policies.
Please remember that we already have over 47,000 objects in our collection and can only consider those items which fit the criteria of our collecting policy. Please note that we cannot accept:
- Items sent in the post
- Items left at the Thackray Medical Museum without an appointment
- Human remains or pathological specimens
- Duplicates of items we already have
- Anonymous donations
Valuations We’re sorry, but we do not value objects for members of the public. Please ask an independent antique expert for a professional valuation.