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St Bartholomew's Archives  
 

About the Archives

The Archives consist of the documents and records that need to be permanently preserved for legal, financial and historical purposes. Barts possesses one of the finest collections of hospital records in Britain, and the oldest record of the hospital dates from 1137.

The Archives also hold the records of other related hospitals, institutions, organisations and individuals. The vast majority of this material is available for research.

The Archives are open to researchers by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm (closed over Christmas and New Year, Easter and public holidays). Please telephone 020 7601 8152 to make an appointment. Admission is free. (Please note, no appointment is necessary to visit the Museum.)

The archivists are pleased to help and advise researchers, and may also undertake research on their behalf. This research service is undertaken at the discretion of the archivists.

Summary of the holdings of St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives

  • The archives of St Bartholomew's Hospital, held by virtue of the appointment of the Archives as a Place of Deposit for public records under Section 4(1) of the Public Records Act 1958.
  • The archives of former district hospitals now closed, held by virtue of the appointment of the Archives as a Place of Deposit for public records under Section 4(1) of the Public Records Act 1958:

The Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease
The Eastern and the Homerton Hospital
The German Hospital
The Hackney Hospital
The Metropolitan Hospital
The Mothers' Hospital
St Leonard's Hospital

  • The archives of City and Hackney Health District/Authority, Central (later East London) Group Hospital Management Committee, Hackney Group Hospital Management Committee, held by virtue of the appointment of the Archives as a Place of Deposit for public records under Section 4(1) of the Public Records Act 1958.
  • Works of art and historical materials owned by the above bodies by virtue of purchase, commission, gift, etc, and transferred to the custody of the Archives.
  • The archives, works of art and historical materials of the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, held on deposit from the College.
  • The archives, works of art and historical materials of clubs and societies associated with the hospital and Medical College.
  • The archives, works of art and historical materials of St Bartholomew's College of Nursing and Midwifery and associated bodies, held on deposit from the College.
  • The parish records, church plate and historical artefacts of the Church of St Bartholomew the Less, held on deposit from the church and parish.
  • Other parish records: St Audoen alias St Ewin and St Nicholas Shambles.
  • The archives, works of art and historical materials of St Mark's Hospital, held on deposit from the Northwick Park and St Mark's NHS Trust.
  • Personal papers and historical materials of private individuals and external organisations donated to the Archives.

Details of our holdings can be found on the following internet addresses:

www.aim25.ac.uk

www.nra.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/hospitalrecords www.a2a.org.uk

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