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16. Trust Archives


The historic records of the Barts and The London NHS Trust, and its predecessor/constituent bodies, which are no longer required for the business purposes of the Trust, and which have been selected for permanent archival preservation in conformity with Department of Health guidelines, are held in the Archives Departments at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and The Royal London Hospital, which are both approved as places of deposit for public records by the National Archives.

To find the location of other Hospital archives, visit The National Archives www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

Access to records

Details of what records are available, the location of the Archives and staff contacts may be found online at: http://www.aim25.ac.uk and www.a2a.org.uk. It should be noted that access to the historic records of the Trust will be limited to those records catalogued in publicly available finding aids (other than those noted in the finding aids as closed). 

For details of free access to original records or copies of records in our search rooms, contact the Archivist.

We do not undertake detailed research for enquirers but we can direct you to a list of independent researchers at the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (www.agra.org.uk) who do this on payment of a fee to be agreed with you. The purpose of their research is to discover whether we hold the information you seek and to obtain a copy or prepare a summary of it for you.

Copies of documents which are open are available on payment of a charge. For a list of copy charges, contact the relevant Archivist as listed below.

Fees for the re-use of images are set out in the picture and film library services and fees charging scheme, which is available from the Archivist.

Closed records

Most records are available for general access but some are closed in whole or part because information in them is exempt information under the FOI Act or the Environmental Information Regulations. Closures will be reviewed on request under the Freedom of Information Act. There is no charge for this review.

Contact Details

For the Archives at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, please contact:
Trust Archivist
Barts and The London NHS Trust
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

For the Archives at The Royal London Hospital, please contact:
Trust Archivist
Barts and The London NHS Trust
9 Prescot Street
London  E1 8PR


Information on the history of the Trust can be found on the Trust website and also by visiting the Trust’s Museums:

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum
North Wing
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
West Smithfield
London  EC1A 7BE
Tel: 020 7601 8152/8150

The Royal London Hospital Museum
The Royal London Hospital
St Augustine with St Philip’s Church
Newark Street
London  E1 2AA
Tel: 020 7377 7608

Further information on the Museums, including opening times, is available on the Trust website.