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Museum of Health and Medicine for Wales

The Museum of Health and Medicine for Wales has its origin in material of historical interest deposited into the care of Professor Bob Owen, Dr Buddug Owen and a number of other health practitioners based in North Wales. During the period 1997-2003 the collection grew to over 140 items.

A large number of the items were donated by the executors of the estates of Doctors John Howell Hughes and Catrin Williams.

John Howell Hughes was a prominent Liverpool surgeon whilst Catrin Williams was an ENT Consultant at St Asaph Hospital. Donated material from the estate of Ivor Lewis, a pioneer in surgery of the oesophagus and Consultant at the Royal Alexandra, Rhyl, also figures prominently.

Material was retrieved from Talgarth Hospital on its closure, most notably, an old dentist’s chair, in which the British Dental Association had expressed much interest at the time.

There are also donations from the North Wales Health Authority and other individuals.

The collection was moved to Cardiff in July 2003 and is now deposited with Cardiff University. We are grateful to Professor Owen, Dr Buddug Owen, Dr Edward Davies, Dr J Gwyn Thomas and other Trustees of the Museum for this relocation.

A further donation of historical medical instruments was made early in 2004 by Dr Eric Payne, a former member of staff at the University of Wales College of Medicine. This collection has been preserved as an identifiable entity within the medical museum.

Donations of new material to the Museum are always welcome. If you have any items you may wish to donate, please contact the Secretary of the Trustees of the Museum at the address below:

Dr Peter Lloyd Jones
Museum of Health and Medicine for Wales
7 Windsor Avenue
CF15 8BW

Photographs of some of the collection:


Wooden Wheelchair


Stainless-steel surgical drill


Drug samples


Brass equipment


Hearing aid and lockable boots