Our museums and archives

Displays at the Royal London Hospital Museum

Our hospitals have long and important histories, and have cared for the people of London over many centuries. Each has maintained a distinguished medical and nursing tradition throughout their history and claim many eminent physicians and surgeons amongst their past and present alumni and staff. Our archives and museums preserve and make available the collective memories of the Trust’s hospitals, and the wider story of health care and health education in the City and East London.

Barts Health NHS Trust holds archives, which consist of the documents and records that need to be permanently preserved for legal, financial and historical purposes, not just of the hospitals in the current Barts Health Trust, but also of thirty current and former hospitals located in the City and East London and beyond. Anyone can use the archives, from family and local history researchers to current clinicians and academic historians.

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum and the Royal London Hospital Museum tell the stories of these renowned institutions, celebrate their achievements and explain their place in history in more detail. They remember the people who have worked at our hospitals and the many thousands of past patients who have been treated and cared for.  

For more information about booking an appointment and the measures in place to protect staff and researchers during the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit the Archives webpage.

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum has reopened to visitors following a prolonged closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The museum will be open for limited hours initially, and we hope to extend these in coming months. For more information on opening hours and how to plan your visit, please visit the St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum webpage.

The Royal London Hospital Museum is currently closed. For more information on how you can find out about the history of the Royal London Hospital while we are closed, please visit webpages for the archives and for the Royal London Hospital Museum. You can also search our collection catalogue online, or send us an enquiry.

The archives receives regular transfers of records from within the Trust through the corporate records management process, but the archives and museums do accept some donations of material from external organisations or individuals. For more information about what we collect, please refer to our collections development and acquisition policy. Please contact us before sending any records or objects you wish to donate to our collections. Unsolicited donations sent without contact details of the donor may be disposed of.

If you would like to support our work, please consider making a donation to support the work of Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums. Please click here to donate.

Archives and museums online accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to: the Barts Health Archives and Museums webpages and online catalogue. The catalogue is run by Barts Health Archives and Museums and uses CalmView, a third-party web publishing platform for archives, developed by Axiell. The content of the online catalogues are developed to meet the accessibility standards outlined in this statement. Read our statement here 611KB.