Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums

Displays at the Royal London Hospital Museum

The hospitals which today make up Barts Health NHS Trust have cared for the people of London over many centuries. 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 more than thirty other 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.

We also hold object and painting collections, which are accessible for research in the archives searchroom, as well as on display around the hospital sites.  

For more information about booking an appointment to access material in the archives for your research, please visit the archives webpage.

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum, located on the hospital site, is usually open Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. 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 closed. We are currently exploring alternative options for making the items on display available to researchers and visitors. For more information on how you can find out about the history of the Royal London Hospital, 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 policy below. 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.

We sell a small range of books, prints and postcards - please see our Publications for sale list 2022-23 [pdf] for details. To order any of these items, please email us

Our policies

We produce detailed policies on key aspects of the Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums service, outlining how we collect and care for the material in our collections, and how we provide public access to those collections. 

All policies are dated and may be revised as appropriate. These policies are reviewed at least every three years to keep them up to date. We will endeavour to have the most up-to-date versions available on this page. If you cannot find a matter of  policy addressed in the documents available here below, please contact us for further information.

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 [pdf].