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Thackray Medical Museum plans operating theatre exhibit 

Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds has announced plans to build a new exhibit, recreating the operating theatre that performed the UK’s first hand transplant.

The former Leeds Union Workhouse reopened as a medical museum in 1997 and welcomes thousands of visitors each year. A team of volunteers, technicians, educators and curators work to preserve and develop the heritage of medicine and provide an opportunity for communities to understand and benefit from history, health and well-being.

With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Museum is now closed for a £4m refurbishment, which includes an ambitious project recreating an operating theatre with all the instruments and equipment necessary to carry out a hand transplant operation.

Suman Asi, Co-Producer Community Champion says: “We want to give visitors an inspiring and engaging interpretation of the work of the hand transplant team, the journey of the patient and provide accurate detail in the representation of medical equipment, to offer learning based on heritage and health for audiences of any age.”

The opening of this innovative exhibit will be Summer 2020 and Thackray Medical Museum is looking for support from the healthcare industry to complete the challenge. For businesses and organisations that can assist with the creation in any way, the Thackray Medical Museum welcomes you to get in touch.

Take a look at an initial plan here including a list of items and characteristics the team are looking to acquire. If you could contribute or donate any of the necessary equipment, or offer advisory services with experience in transplants, the Thackray Medical Museum would be very grateful.

As a registered charity, all profits from the Museum go back into planning and developing content for the future and to encourage more people to learn and engage with the history of medicine.

For more information and to enquire how you can assist in the exhibition, contact FAO Co Producer info@thackraymuseum.org

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