Online exhibition: Evolution of Medicine through Warfare

Join us at the Household Cavalry Museum as we delve into the wide-reaching impact of military campaigns on the art and science of medicine and how these changes affect our lives today; from the development of prosthetics to the changing face of frontline warfare.

The below digital exhibition is supported by an onsite display plus on site activities such as our object and family trails and our limited run joint ticket with the Old Operating Theatre: Fridays 25 February, 25 March, and 29 April:  From Horse Guards to Garret: Two Museums, One Ticket.

Campaign launch event - Old Operating Theatre, in partnership with

The Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance

From the 1600BC Smith Papyrus, the oldest known surgical treatise on trauma, to the magical, ritualistic and pragmatic Babylonian-Assyrians, and right up to the infamous hospital at Camp Bastion, military medicine has evolved far and wide. Join us in a fascinating journey told by leaders in their fields on all sides of the military-medical equation: from the front lines of battle, to long term care, and the lived experience of ground-breaking treatments. An enthralling insight into the then and now by those living and making the medical history of tomorrow.

A unique perspective, from those making and living the medical history of tomorrow

From the pioneering work of Sir Robert Jones and John McIndoe in World War 1 to the present day, Professor Tim Briggs CBE, the National Clinical Director of NHS Improvements and national lead for the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) takes you on the incredible military medical journey, up until World War 2.

We then hear from Colonel Nigel Tai a military surgeon. He takes us from the “point of wound” on the battlefield of Helmand Province to the hospital at Camp Bastion, where the military patient (and indeed a patient) is stabilised and then flown on a RAF C17 globe master aircraft, with an expert medical team, and onto Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further healthcare.

Miss Alex Crick, a Plastic Surgeon, provides an insight into reconstructive surgery within the context of combat injuries and finally Gary Sell provides an insight into his patient journey as a veteran, from Cold Injury through mental health issues. A fascinating insight in to the history of military medicine, delivered by those on the medical front line.

A fascinating insight in to the history of military medicine, delivered by those on the medical front line.

This event took place at the Old Operating Theatre, London Bride, on Thursday 3 March. Watch this space for excerpts of the talks and feedback from event attendees soon.

Evolution of Medicine through Warfare - an in depth history

 

ONSITE: Evolution of Medicine through Warfare - monthly talk

ONSITE: Evolution of Medicine through Warfare - monthly talk

Only through our joint ‘Horse Guards to Garret’ ticket in partnership with the Old Operating Theatre – the last Friday of the month 25/02, 25/03, 29/04

The link for these joint tickets can be found here and by clicking the below icon:

Discover two important cultural  landmarks with one ticket and support both museums:

The Household Cavalry Museum & The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret are joining forces for a limited time only! One ticket will give you access to both museums on the last Friday of the month.
So what does the ticket include? 
Here at the Household Cavalry Museum:
Arrive at Horse Guards Parade in time to watch the daily Mounted Guard Change between the Blues and Royals and the Lifeguards before heading into the museum where you’ll be greeted by our staff. Show your pre-booked joint ticket to receive your audio guide and map of the local area. Enjoy a chance to look around the Museum and see into the Household Cavalry’s working stables through our special viewing window before our informative talk from a member of the museums staff. This talk (starting at 12pm) details the Regiment’s history, interesting objects to look out for in the collection and our plans for out Evolution of Medicine through Warfare Campaign. After your talk you’ll have time to continue exploring the museum before you leisurely make your way over to The Old Operating Theatre. Don’t forget to try out our local walking tour or stop at one of our highlighted pubs or restaurants for a spot of lunch!
Arrive at the Museum in the afternoon, climbing the 52-step spiral staircase to reach the entrance.  Show your ticket at the door or just give your name to our lovely front of house team. Take some time to look around the museum and our collection. The first part of the visit is self-guided. Try your hand at our museum trail, chill out in our Waiting Room and prepare yourself for an informal talk (starting at 4.30pm) about surgery and the Victorian operating theatre. Before you go, remember to grab our local history map and learn more about the area.
Our recommended timings would be as follows:
10.50am: Arrive at Horse Guards Parade
10.55am: Daily Mounted Guard Change
11.15am: Head into the Household Cavalry Museum – audio guide, local walking tour map, and Museum host talk included
12.00pm: Museum host talk – 15 mins
12.20pm: Depart for self-guided walking tour, taking a leisurely stroll south of the river to the Old Operating Theatre (or taking the Jubilee line from Westminster to London Bridge).
TAKE A LUNCH BREAK [not covered on ticket price. Sorry!]
4:00pm: Arrive at the Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret.
4:30pm: Join an informal talk about surgery and the Victorian operating theatre – 30 mins
5:00pm: Museum closes.

ONSITE: Evolution of Medicine through Warfare object trail

ONSITE: Evolution of Medicine through Warfare object trail

Trace the Evolution of Medicine through Warfare through our artefacts

Available on site at the Museum soon.

ONSITE: Family friendly Evacuation Survivor trail

ONSITE: Family friendly Evacuation Survivor trail

Can you help Trooper Smith find his way along the WW1 medical evacuation route and back to Blighty?

Available on site at the Museum soon.

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10am – 6pm, April to October / 10am – 5pm, November to March / Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery are covering summer Queen’s Life Guard duties until Tuesday 22 August- come down now and learn about this incredible Regiment as well as the Household Cavalry.

We are currently open 7 days a week, 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm) with full Regimental public duties now back daily. Pre-booking is recommended; please choose your arrival timeslot here.

Book online events such as our Regimental Historian Lectures here.

See what else you can join in with our ‘What’s On’ schedule here.

The Evolution of Medicine through Warfare online exhibition can still be enjoyed here.

The Museum is fully Covid safety compliant and ready to welcome you, but as a small independent business we are still struggling. For more information on this and how you can SUPPORT the Museum at this difficult time please see here.

Can’t make it to Horse Guards? You can still always enjoy our: Virtual Visit page, podcast, YouTube Channel, and Instagram posts any time.