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St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Museum and Archives)

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, or Barts as it is popularly known, is one of the oldest and most distinguished hospitals in the world.  It was founded in 1123 by the monk Rahere and granted by Henry VIII to the City of London in 1546. Barts has been caring for the sick and injured on its present site for almost nine centuries.  Today the hospital forms part of Barts and the London NHS Trust, and the archives and museum display many of the treasures of the hospital within the setting of the Grade I listed North Wing.

Barts possesses one of the finest collections of hospital records in Britain – the oldest record of the hospital dates from 1137. The archives also hold the records of other related hospitals, institutions, organisations and individuals.

The Archives can be accessed at the North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE.  They are open to researchers by appointment only: Monday–Friday, 9.30am–4.30pm. Please telephone to make an appointment: 020 3465 5798 or contact: barts.archives@bartshealth.nhs.uk.

To read more about the museum, please go to our Museums section.