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Explore the unique collections of St Bartholomew's Hospital and celebrate 900 years of England's oldest hospital.

Discover photography, art and history from the archives and collections of St Bartholomew’s Hospital at this free outdoor exhibition, held by Barts Health NHS Trust Archives.

In 2023 St Bartholomew’s Hospital celebrates opening its doors to Londoners for 900 years. It is the oldest hospital still running on the same site in England. The hospital’s archives tell the story of this unbroken history. From the famous to the forgotten, London lives fly from the pages of Barts’ ancient ledgers, with stories of crisis and caring, miracle and mayhem, living and loss, agony and healing.

The exhibition draws on the unique historic collections of St Bartholomew’s Hospital to tell new stories. Ancient account books, medieval marginalia, records, maps, art, diaries and photographs reveal the individuals who worked, lived and died at Barts.


  • Wednesday 10 May - Tuesday 6 June 2023 - Guildhall Yard
  • Wednesday 7 June - Wednesday 5 July 2023 - Aldgate Square  
  • Thursday 6 July - Tuesday 1 August 2023 - St Bartholomew's Hospital Square 

This exhibition is being presented in partnership with St Bartholomew’s Hospital as part of a year of programming to mark the landmark anniversary of 900 years since its foundation in 1123. Find out more information on the wider Barts900 campaign and programme.

Black and white image of a nurse pushing a wheelchair and man sitting on a fountain in a suit looking at them
Image courtesy of Barts Health NHS Trust Archives