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Institute of Naval Medicine (INM)

In Person

Guided Tour

Institute of Naval Medicine, Crescent Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2DL

An introduction to the history of INM and the Historic Collections displayed in Monckton House, a Grade II listed building. After a brief presentation, you will see displays of heritage materials related to the history and practice of naval medicine.

The history of INM, the RN Medical Service and the Historic Collections reflect the role of naval medical staff and their work to ensure that naval personnel were fit for service. The library, museum and archive collections held in Monckton House are comprised of books and museum objects from the RN Hospitals at Gosport (Haslar) and Plymouth (Stonehouse). They also include some material from Naval Hospitals abroad such as those at Gibraltar and Malta and items donated by medical staff and their families.

Covering the history of medicine over some 500 years, you will find items related to the lives of naval surgeons and changing attitudes towards medical developments, many of which we now take for granted. The materials held include books on anatomy, pathology, infection, and disease, particularly those impacting life at sea during the 18th and 19th century. There are books and items related to surgery, dentistry, and naval hygiene as well as the treatment of scurvy and fevers. The collections also reflect the Navy’s contribution to science and exploration and naval surgeons’ interest in natural history.

On display are a collection of medical instruments, medical ceramics, paintings, and photographs, as well as medals and decorations awarded to naval medical personnel. Visitors will also be able to view displays and artefacts related to the history of the Queen Alexandra Royal Naval Nursing Service (QUARNNS).

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time.

Duration 90 minutes.

Event Times

Tuesday 10 September: 1030 & 1330
Wednesday 11 September: 1030 & 1330
Thursday 12 September: 1030 & 1330

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Please self book, but if you experience any difficulties please contact us.

Assisted Booking Telephone:  07849 399 823
Booking opens:17 August 2024 09:30
Booking closes: 3 September 2023 17:00


accesible toilets Toilets Service dogs welcome Accesible parking Mobility impaired



Not suitable for wheelchairs, buggies or scooters. Blue Badge parking on-site ONLY by prior request (please identify when booking, give car registration). Other parking on-road by Crescent Gardens or car parks along the seafront (charges apply). Ramp to the entrance of Monkton House, then 7 steps (with handrail) to the main floor. There is no lift. Assistance Dogs are welcome, with advance notice. Information can be provided in large print by prior request. There are rest points. There are water dispensers on site but no other refreshments.

Additional Information

MOD security checks apply, including bag searches on arrival. Visitors will be accompanied at all times and restricted to Monckton House only. Photography may be limited.

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At the seaward end of Crescent Road along from the Anglesey Hotel. Meet at the Main Gate to The Institute Of Naval Medicine.