George Marshall Medical Museum is a small but mighty medical museum in Worcester, exhibiting the original collection of Mr George Marshall, a former GP and later Consultant Surgeon of the former Worcester Royal Infirmary. The collection of objects, just 10% of which is on display at any one time, illustrates how medicine and health care have developed since the very first hospital in Worcester. This infirmary, which opened its doors in 1746 on Silver Street, was opened about 100 years before the advent of anaesthetics, and the Museum displays the infirmary’s gory amputation chair.
Along with the displayed collection, the Museum is home to a small archive, a rare books collection, a photographic archive, a collection of oral histories and a further collection of stored objects.
The Museum is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, and is free to enter. It employs one part-time Curator who manages a small army of volunteers to ensure the care of its precious collection, and to help create events and activities for local residents and the larger ‘History of Medicine’ community. The Museum also runs a very popular programme of schools workshops based on the broad theme of ‘the history of medicine’.
You can find the George Marshall Medical Museum inside the Charles Hastings Education Centre, an education and training facility for medical and health care staff in Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This building is situated on the site of the current Worcestershire Royal Hospital.