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The Royal London Hospital Museum (Whitechapel)

The former Royal London Museum display space in Whitechapel is now closed. The decision has been taken not to reopen the space after review of several longstanding issues with the basement museum space, which is not owned by Bart Health NHS Trust, and discussion with key stakeholders.

Objects from the museum collections, including the majority of the objects formerly on display, are accessible for research at Barts Health NHS Trust Archives. You can search the catalogue online to identify objects of interest and contact the archives to make an appointment. You can find out more about booking appointments here.

The collections are housed in specialist stores to ensure their long-term preservation and catalogued online; we are currently working to enhance the object descriptions and photographs available on the catalogue to improve searchability. You can also search images of artworks from the collections at Art UK.

Alongside the ongoing programme of object loans to other museums and heritage organisations, we are currently working on plans to bring our historic collections and the fascinating stories of The Royal London Hospital closer to patients and staff and our local community. Keep an eye on the website and Twitter for updates and more information.

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