The Price of a Mile

This exhibition runs from Mon, 1st Aug 2016 to Fri, 30th Jun 2017. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

  • Thu, 19th Jan 2017
  • Fri, 20th Jan 2017
  • Mon, 23rd Jan 2017
  • Tue, 24th Jan 2017
  • Wed, 25th Jan 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost: Free of Charge

The Price of a Mile is the third in a series of special exhibitions honouring the work of doctors who gave anaesthesia and pain relief to the wounded at the Battle of the Somme and during the First World War.

Ether and chloroform were used for general anaesthesia and were required in such enormous quantities that manufacturers were granted special facilities to meet demand. By 1916, apparatus that could warm ether had been developed and was issued to all CCSs, and led to quicker postoperative recovery and fewer complications.

Surgical teams in CCSs were made up of a surgeon,an aesthetist, sister and an orderly. There were few specialist anaesthetists during the War, and nurses, dentists and chaplains could be called upon to provide anaesthesia during surgery.

Contact and Booking Details

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Anaesthesia Heritage Centre,

21 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PY

Google Map of Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

Nearest tube and train stations to Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

Regents Park
Great Portland Street
Ham & City
Oxford Circus