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Hannah Dyson's Ordeal

Hannah Dyson's Ordeal


Would you rather go into hospital in Victorian times or now?

This gallery will help make up your mind as you follow the true story of 11-year-old Hannah Dyson whose leg was crushed by machinery at the mill where she worked in 1823. The surgeons fought to save Hannah’s life and you can find out what happened to her. This realistic audio-visual display highlights the horror of surgery at that time, even though it was the best treatment available in the early nineteenth century.

Now, of course, children in the UK are no longer allowed to work in factories and our strict health and safety laws mean that accidents like Hannah’s are far rarer. Advances in medical science ensure that patients are far more likely to recover from similar accidents.

Please note:
Most children love this realistic exhibit, but sometimes younger visitors can find it upsetting. Please ask our staff for advice and information about alternative routes through the exhibitions. There’s a lot more to see!

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic siteWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality



Near St James's Hospital,
141 Beckett Street,



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Map reference: SE 318348  Lat: 53.80855 Long: -1.51817

By Road:
Leave M1 at jct 43, then M621 to jct 4. Follow signs for Harrogate and St James Hospital over River Aire at Crown Point Bridge. Get into right-hand lane. At jct go straight on (signed St James' Hospital) under bridge to major jct.

By Public Transport:
Taxi or buses (take bus routed to St James' Hospital), City centre buses include 16, 42, 50, 50A and 49 Get off the bus at the hospital and the museum entrance is next door.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Leeds station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality