Open House Festival

Outdoor exhibition celebrating the 900th anniversary of St Bartholomew’s Hospital - Life and death in the archives, 1123-2023

historical house, health, museum, community/cultural

James Gibbs, 1730

St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE

Life and death in the archives, 1123-2023, is a unique exhibition detailing St Bartholomew’s Hospital's history and people, using photography, art and history from our archives and collections

Getting there


Barbican, Farringdon, St. Paul's


City Thameslink, Farringdon


56, 46

Additional travel info

Barts is now served by the Elizabeth Line (use the Barbican exit at Farringdon Station).



History of St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew’s Hospital has led the provision of healthcare in London for 900 years. Founded in 1123 by a man named Rahere to provide care for the poor of the City of London, there is no other hospital in the country which matches its record of continuous service on the same site.

This magnificent heritage site is still a working hospital. Alongside state of the art modern facilities, the historic buildings consist of: the Gatehouse (1702); the hospital church of St. Bartholomew the Less, with its 15th century tower; and the remaining three James Gibbs blocks, built between 1732 and 1769 (the North, East and West Wings), around a grand Square, with its elegant Fountain (1859). Alongside the Gatehouse are some fine Grade II listed Victorian buildings by Hardwick.

The North Wing is currently closed as it will be the subject of a landmark conservation and restoration project due to start in the summer of 2023 - led by Barts Heritage. The Museum will also close from 1 September 2023 due to the restoration programme.

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