Medicine & Public Health London History School Trips (1 or 2 Days)

Our History School trips to London are designed to complement the Thematic Study section of the History GCSE (9-1) and WJEC GCSE specifications.  The following areas can be studied depending on which visits you want to include: developments in surgery, nursing, public health & the development of penicillin.
We can tailor your tour to cover your students' specific learning objectives. Please ask to speak to one of our team to discuss your requirements.



One-Day Tour (for schools within approximately 120 miles of London)

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  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to London. Visits include:
  • Old Operating Theatre & Public Health Walk
  • Choose up to two other visits from: Fleming Laboratory • Science Museum • Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Study packs provided
  • Optional visit: IWM (see above)
  • Optional activity (e.g. London Eye or sight-seeing - see leisure options for other choices available)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

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Two-Day Tour

  • Day 1: School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to London
  • Lunch-time in Leicester Square / Trafalgar Square
  • Afternoon visits to the Science Museum & Alexander Fleming Laboratory (IWM could be included as an alternative) 
  • Study packs provided
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Optional evening activity (see leisure options)
  • Day 2: Depart after breakfast to visit:
  • Old Operating Theatre & Public Health Walk
  • Hunterian Museum (closing in May 2017) or Florence Nightingale Museum 
  • Study packs provided
  • Optional activity (e.g. sight-seeing, London Eye - see leisure options for other possibilities)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)


Add an Extra Day....

  • With an extra day you can include further investigations and/or fun activities or
  • Combine with another department. We have tours for Geography • Art • RS • Maths • Science
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if you have competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can make the tour viable if you have low numbers 




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Developments in Medicine

  Old Operating Theatre



Alexander Fleming Laboratory

Old Operating Theatre:  Displays include the public viewing stands, wooden operating table & surgical instruments. The Herb Garret was used for storing herbs used by the hospital's apothecary. The public health walk focuses on living conditions in Victorian London & the fight against cholera.
  Fleming's Laboratory:  The laboratory where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. Displays and video explain how a chance discovery ushered in the age of antibiotics.   
  Science Museum:  The Museum currently offer two relevant exhibitions: Journeys through Medicine (Henry Wellcome's Legacy) & Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care (till June 2018)  

Florence Nightingale Museum:  The museum explains Florence Nightingale's life & legacy from her privileged childhood & struggle against convention to the crisis in the military hospitals in the Crimea. Her work as a campaigner for health reform is also considered.

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Outward Journey / Pre-Tour


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Study packs


Museums & venues

  • Germ Theory: Pasteur & Koch & their significance
  • Surgery before the development of  anaesthetics
  • Growth of towns & cities & the problems of Public Health


  • Jenner, Simpson & Lister
  • Surgery before anaesthetics
  • Herbal remedies
  • Role of Florence Nightingale & Mary Seacole in the development of nursing
  • Fleming & the discovery of penicillin
  • Florey & Chain
  • Medical treatment on the Western Front
  • Science & technology
  • Urban growth & the spread of diseases such as cholera
  • Living conditions in towns & cities
  • Dr John Snow, cholera & epidemiology
  • The growing demand for  Government intervention
  • Public Health Acts & Artisans' Dwellings Act
  • Bazalgette & London's sewage system
  • Growing democracy & the pressure for further reform

Return Journey / Post-Tour

  • Identifying factors for change
  • Changing attitudes  
  •  Individuals & change

The specific content of your tour will be determined by which visits you wish to include  
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Our Guides


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We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

  • Our guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.

Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE


Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

 "The tour was outstanding & I thought the Tour Guide was fantastic in his support & information provided.”

Cardinal Heenan Roman Catholic High School, Leeds

Steve Clarke

Selected & Trained by Galina 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.

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Medicine Through Time Gallery

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Leisure Options


Leisure Options

  London Eye
For many teachers (& their students) a visit to London is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the Capital. Some of the activities below take a relatively short amount of time (up to an hour). Others require a longer period where it would be best to allocate 2 to 3 hours to get the full value. For more information talk to our Tour Administrators for further details & prices (where applicable). 
St Pauls and Thames

Free & Budget Options (under £10 each)

  • The Sights: Embankment, Westminster, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square & Buckingham Palace (free)
  • London Eye: A fixture on the skyline & iconic symbol of modern London offering views across the city
  • Thames River Cruise: See London's landmarks from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge

Top of the Range (£20+ each)

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  • Covent Garden (free)
  • Emirates Cable Car
  • HMS Belfast or Cutty Sark
  • London Dungeon
  • Madame Tussaud's
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The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.



YHA London Thameside


This purpose-built hostel, opened in 1919, is situated on the South Bank of the Thames in a residential area. It is less than 2 miles from the Tower of London & 3 miles from  St Paul's Cathedral. Canary Wharf & the docklands area is a mile away & the Imperial War Museum & Houses of Parliament are 3 & 4 miles away respectively. The Natural History & Science Museums are both approximately 7 miles away. 

London Thameside Bedroom London Thameside Bar
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Accommodation Factfile

  • Capacity for 320 guests in 70 rooms on 4 floors accommodating between 4 & 8 guests per room.
  • Lift to all floors
  • En-suite facilities
  • Twin/quad rooms for staff 
  • TV, tea & coffee facilities in staff rooms
  • Reception & night manager
  • TV lounge
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Restaurant
  • Games machines
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi & computers
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • CCTV
  • Coach parking

3* Ibis Hotel, Wembley

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This modern well-appointed hotel is located within easy walking distance of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral is approximately 10 miles away as are the Houses of Parliament. Canary Wharf is 17 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are just over 7 miles from the hotel.  

Ibis London Wembley Bedroom

Ibis London Wembley Dining Room

Ibis London Wembley Bar  

Accommodation Factfile

  • 210 air-conditioned rooms on fourteen floors (lift to all floors)
  • Twin room accommodation
  • En-suite facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities, TV & internet in all rooms
  • Single/twin rooms for staff
  • Dining room, bar & lounge area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking nearby



3* Premier Inn London Wembley

    Premier Inn London Wembley




The Premier Inn is within 200 metres of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral & the Houses of Parliament are approximately 10 miles away & Canary Wharf is 18 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are approximately 8.5 miles from the hotel.

Premier Inn London Wembley Bedroom Premier Inn London Wembley Dining Room
 Premier Inn London Wembley Bar  


  • 154 air-conditioned rooms on 7 floors (access via 3 lifts)
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Staff in single/twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms for staff include TV & tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking
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Kingsmeadow School, Gateshead

"The accommodation was lovely, the staff were very helpful. The food and service were both excellent. Excellent – a fabulous trip for all involved."


Pate's Grammar School, Cheltenham

"Just a short note to say that the visit proceeded like clockwork and to thank you for all your efforts on our behalf."


Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Liverpool

"Very efficient & thorough, as usual! Driver, Neil, very friendly – helpful support from him. Excellent once again."


Colyton Grammar School, East Devon

"Many thanks to all at Galina involved in the trip – the pupils have all said what a great time they had!"

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