The Brian Welsh Memorial Museum of Anaesthesia


Dr Brian Welsh

Here in the Northern Schools of Anaesthesia, we are undertaking to develop a virtual museum of anaesthetic equipment which has been used and then collected in Newcastle. The last "curator" of the collection was Dr Brian Welsh, who tragically died suddenly in 1998. We also hope to include historical information about anaesthesia in the North East of England. Some of our collection was displayed in1999 at a joint meeting of the North of England Society of Anaesthetists and the History of Anaesthesia society.

We are physically sited in the new anaesthetic training centre in the Royal Victoria Infirmary, with some of the exhibits on display. Unfortunately, the collection is stored where ever space can be found. Here are some photographs of the actual collection in situ!

Here is information about the history of the Infirmary, which had its 250th anniversary in 2001.

 


Famous Newcastle Anaesthetists

Dr Philip Ayre

Dr M.H. Armstrong Davison

Professor Edgar Alexander Pask


Edgar Pask during the Second World War

Powerpoint presentation on the life and work of Professor Pask

Sierra Sam

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Professor Pask and Sierra Sam, have a look at our page detailing some of the later pioneering work on lifejackets.

The Newcastle Ventilator

Professor Pask was a pioneer of artificial ventilation, and Newcastle was at the forefront of ventilator technology in the 50's and 60's.


Equipment List

 

This is a partial list of some of our smaller equipment. We also have a number of larger pieces, some of which appear in the photograph section.

 

Old ID

New ID

Name

Details

Other info

Type of object

1

Mod Skinners

?Mayo or Juillard

Mask

2

Kochers

Mask

3

?Bellamy Gardner

Folding with headband

Mask

4

Ogstons

Rebreathing

Mask

5

Schimmelbusch

Mask

6

Junkers

1876

Mask

7

Junkers

Mask

8

Skinners bottle

Chloroform drop

1862

Drop bottle

9

Vajnas

mod Buxton

1900

Mask

10

Murrays

1868

Mask

11

?Bellamy Gardner

mod

Mask

12

Ogstons

Mask

13

Bellamy Gardners

Mask

14

Tyrrells

1890

Mask

15

Schimmelbisch

1890

Mask

16

Yankauers

1910

Mask

17

Schimmelbusch

mod, shaped

Mask

18

Esmarchs

mod Skinners

1879

Mask

19

Kirchoffs

mod Esmarch

Mask

20

Skinners

1862

Mask

21

RVI drop bottle

chloroform

1948, Dr Markham

Drop bottle

22

Schimmelbusch

Mask

23

?Junkers

metal mask

Mask

24

?

metal mask, wide app.

Mask

25

transparent mask

Mask

26

Hewitts wide bore

Mask

27

RVI infant

made in med school

Mask

28

Magill attach.

narrow bore

Connector

29

Goldmans

vinesthene inhaler

1936

Inhaler

30

Guys apparatus

ethyl chloride

Inhaler

31

Oxford

vinesthene inhaler

1940

Inhaler

32

Carmalts

tongue forceps

Mouth

33

Rings

tongue forceps

Mouth

34

Rings

tongue forceps

Mouth

35

jaw opener and gag

Mouth

36

jaw opener

Mouth

37

boxwood wedge

Mouth

38

Masons gag

Mouth

39

Hewitts prop

Mouth

40

Hewitts prop

Mouth

41

Hewitts prop

Mouth

42

Hewitts

1908

Airway

43

Hewitts

1908

Airway

44

Hewitts

1908

Airway

45

Philips

Airway

46

Mayos

Airway

47

Waters

Airway

48

Waters

with side tube

Airway

49

Clausens

Airway

50

divided airway

for intubation1930

Airway

51

Shipways

warmed ether/chlor

1916

Apparatus

52

Junkers bottle

mod Buxton

1890

Apparatus

53

Junkers bottle

original unsafe

1867

Apparatus

54

Junkers bottle

mod Buxton

bellows labelled

Apparatus

55

Junkers app

Buxton/Tyrrell

1890

Apparatus

56

Junkers bottle

mod Hewitt

1890

Apparatus

57

Hewitts bottle

in box

Apparatus

58

Junkers

bellows and tube

1878

Apparatus

59

Vernon Harcourts

chloroform app

1903

Apparatus

60

Shipways

warmed ether/chlor

in box, 1916

Apparatus

61

Clovers ether

1877

Inhaler

62

Clovers ether

1877

Inhaler

63

Hewitts ether

wide bore

1901

Inhaler

64

Hewitts ether

wide bore

1901

Inhaler

65

Hewitts

wide bore

1901

Inhaler

66

Ether measure

Inhaler

67

Ether measure

Inhaler

68

Ombredannes

ether

Inhaler

69

Rumball-Birch

1892, Leeds

Inhaler

70

Kings thermanester

ether

1936

Inhaler

71

Hewitts/Waters

local mod

Inhaler

72

Magills

first endotracheal app

1932

Apparatus

73

Magills const flow

Seibe Gorman flows

1935

Apparatus

74

ether

drip feed vaporiser

Vaporiser

75

ether

drip feed vaporiser

Vaporiser

76

ether

drip feed vaporiser

Vaporiser

77

ether

in bath

USA

Vaporiser

78

ether

in jacket

Germany

Vaporiser

79

Guedel

Airway

80

Dropper

for metal ether can

Inhaler

81

Hewitts

valved stopcock

Valve

82

Hewitts

valved stopcock

Valve

83

Barts

three way tap

Valve

84

Marshalls

three way tap

Valve

85

RVI valve

unidirectional

Valve

86

Tindal-Barr valve

obstetric analgesia

Apparatus

87

Marrett

1942

Apparatus

88

Marrett

for apparatus

1942

Vaporiser

89

Heidbrink

CO2 absorber circle

Apparatus

90

Rowbothams

chloroform

Vaporiser

91

Pinsons bomb

ether

1921

Vaporiser

92

Magills spray

cocaine

Mouth

93

Magills spray

cocaine

Mouth

94

Rowbothams

cocaine spray

Mouth

95

Chevalier Jackson

in box

Laryngoscope

96

Magills

Laryngoscope

97

Laryngoscope

98

Magills

Laryngoscope

99

Magills

folding pattern

Laryngoscope

100

Silver tracheostomy

Tube

101

Fishtail

tracheostomy tube

Tube

102

Colemans

dental nasal

Mask

103

Karns

dental nasal

Mask

104

nasal inhalation tube

Tube

105

Magills valve

expiratory

Valve

106

Magills mount

angled

Circuit

107

Magills mount

bag and tap

Circuit

108

Magills mount

bag and bypass tube

Circuit

109

Heidbrink valve

Magill expiratory

Valve

110

red rubber hose

Circuit

111

Stephen/Slater

unidirectional valve

1948

Valve

112

Finks valve

Unidirectional

1954

Valve

113

unidirectional valve

local

Valve

114

cylinder key

Apparatus

115

bag mount

ethyl chloride

Vaporiser

116

bag mount

ethyl chloride

Oxford 1941

Vaporiser

117

Rowbothams

Connector

118

Rowbothams

Connector

119

Cobbs adaptor

Connector

120

Doughty

Connector

121

Connector

122

Cagemount

angle piece and bag

Circuit

123

tubing, dental

Circuit

124

Syringe

metal and wood

Syringe

125

Heidbrink

flowmeter and valve

Apparatus

126

Rotameter block

post war

Apparatus

127

Adams valve

reducing

Apparatus

128

Endurance valve

reducing

Apparatus

129

McKesson

mixing chamber

Apparatus

130

Sparklets

resuscitation kit

Apparatus

131

portable CO2 cylinder

Apparatus

132

Air mixing valve

obstetric analgesic

Apparatus

133

Ayres T-piece

with red rubber tube

1937

Circuit

134

Hortons intercoupler

antistatic

1939

Circuit

135

Hortons

Circuit

136

M'tosh Leatherdale

endobronchial

L blocker

Tube

137

M'tosh Leatherdale

endobronchial

L tube

Tube

138

endobronchial

Tube

139

Neonatal valve

underwater blow off

Valve

140

endotracheal tubes

with faults

Tube

141

Record syringe

metal/glass

Syringe

142

Record syringe

glass

Syringe

143

Sphygmomanometer

aneroid

Monitor

144

Spirometer

Brady&Martin

Monitor

145

Haemocytometer

Monitor

146

Lancet

automatic

Monitor

147

Venopak

Misc

148

Aerohaler

Misc

149

Pressure gauge

Apparatus

150

Walton II

table model

1938

Apparatus

151

Walton II

table model

1938

Apparatus

152

Walton V

1958

Apparatus

153

McKesson

Simplex head

1967

Apparatus

154

Lucy Baldwin

1958

Apparatus

155

Kellys apparatus

ether insufflation

1912

Apparatus

156

Cardiff inhaler

methoxyflurane

1971

Inhaler

157

Tecota VI

Trilene

Inhaler

158

Reuscitator

Draeger

old! inwoodenbox

Apparatus

159

Newcastle

ventilator

Ventilator

160

Newcastle

ventilator

Ventilator

 

Archive of written materials

At present, I am attempting to achive materials relating principally to Professor Pask, including his lectures and published works. We also have some material relating to Dr Ayre and Dr Armstrong Davison.

Professor Pask

code location title description
P001   "Anaesthetic Techniques in Research" 1946 MD Thesis. Wartime experiments on himself O
P002 Obit. file "This truly remarkable man Professor Edgar Alexander Pask" Editorial re Pask Medal, Anaesthesia 1977,32,843-45

PC

P003 Obit. file "An Appreciation" by Prof. Harold R Griffith of McGill PC
P004 Obit. file Obituary Lancet ,June 11 ,1966 PC
P005 Obit file "Medical Professor dies" and "Service for Professor Pask" Local newspaper articles PC
P006 Obit file Letter of condolence from Prof. Robert D Dripps, Pennsylvania June 10, 1966 O
P007 Obit file Letter of condolence from Jim Robertson, Edinburgh June 4, 1966 O
P008 Obit file Letter from Guy Horton to Sir Robert Macintosh, with hand written reply "In my opinion, he was the best brain in our speciality – and I have yet to meet anyone more reliable and considerate RRM" 31 May 1966 O
P009 Obit file Letter of condolence from Prof. T Cecil Gray June 2, 1966 O
P010 Obit file Letter of condolence from Royal National Lifeboat Institution June 3, 1966 O
P011 Obit file Letter of condolence from Peacocks June 1, 1966 O
P012 Obit file Letter of condolence from J P Sassoon, Principle Education Attache, Ugandan HC June 9, 1966 O
P013 Obit file Letter of condolence from Wilder Penfield, McGill June 8, 1966 O
P014 Obit file Letter of condolence from Prof. Harold R Griffith, McGill, Montreal June 6, 1966 O
P015 Obit file Letter of condolence from Prof. Ralph Waters Postmark June 6, 1966 O
P016 Obit file Letter of condolence from John Gillies, Montreal June 27, 1966, O
P017 Obit file Letter of condolence from the Association of Anaesthetists June 10, 1966 O

Equipment Picture Gallery

This list is temporary ( in a permanent sort of way!), and we will improve the information and layout . It shows small pictures of some of the equipment in our "museum".

  1. Thermanest
  2. Inhalers
  3. Junkers inhalers( group)
  4. Junkers inhaler
  5. Clovers inhalers
  6. Hewitts mod of Clovers inhalers
  7. Ayres T-pieces
  8. Ombredanne inhaler( with original caecum bag )
  9. Inhalers ( group)
  10. GP's anaesthetic kit
  11. "modern" wire masks
  12. "old" wire masks
  13. Laryngoscopes ( group)
  14. Laryngoscopes, pre war
  15. Laryngoscopes, post war
  16. Laryngoscopes, "modern"
  17. Pinson Ether bomb
  18. Trilene draw over vaporiser
  19. American ether bottle and bath
  20. 3 modern Boyles bottles
  21. 2 older Boyles bottles
  22. Penlon vaporiser
  23. ?McKesson vaporiser
  24. Vaporiser group
  25. Tritec
  26. Rowbotham Vaporiser
  27. McKesson J machine
  28. Airways
  29. Lucy Baldwin machine
  30. Boyles head
  31. Boyles head
  32. Boyles head
  33. McKesson G machine
  34. Portanest
  35. 1868? Dental Anaesthetic Apparatus "I would comment on what you describe as a dental apparatus of 1868. Do you have definite evidence of the date, because I think it is considerably later. Cylinders of nitrous oxide did not become available until the early 1870s, and then only in London. The provincial suppliers didn't start up until the early 1880s. We had a similar apparatus on display two years ago in the AAGBI Museum, but I can't remember its date. I will try to find out." Dr Zuck
  36. Minnitt apparatus
  37. BOC block with reducing valves
  38. Cylinder holder
  39. Cylinder holder with holder for head

These descriptions may not be wholly accurate as yet. I would welcome any help in identification of our collection.

 

This page was launched on October 23rd, 1998, and revised October 17th, 2000. Dr Gary Enever, NSA.

Here are links, to visit the Northern Schools of Anaesthesia , or the History of Anaesthesia Society.

Last updated on 16/11/04