Thackray Medical Museum

First opening in 1861 as the purpose-built Leeds Union Workhouse, it was a harsh and unwelcoming home for poor and homeless people with nowhere else to go. Over the years, new buildings were gradually added to the workhouse complex, including a separate infirmary. In 1925 the Leeds Union Workhouse infirmary was renamed St James’s Hospital. By 1945, the rest of the workhouse had merged with the hospital and it became part of the NHS in 1948.

By the 1990s, the old Leeds Union Workhouse building was considered unfit for modern medicine. As a listed building, it could not be demolished and Parliament gave permission for it to house the Thackray Medical Museum, which opened in 1997.

Thackray Medical Museum for events
Inject some flair, originality and ‘wow’ factor into your business event, celebration or special occasion at Thackray Medical Museum – a unique and historic venue with modern facilities and outstanding catering and hospitality services.

To enquire about holding your next event at The Thackray Medical Museum, please use the contact details shown. More information can also be found on the venue’s website –