Barts 900 – Kate Jarman

Barts 900 – Kate Jarman

February 9th 2021

‘Stories from the Barts Archives’
Wednesday 24 February 2021 at 1900 hrs

Our next webinar features archivist Kate Jarman in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

The archives and collections at Barts span nine centuries, and document the history of the hospital from its earliest days under the founder, Rahere, to its work as a specialist cancer and cardiac centre today. In this introductory session Kate will share the back stories of a few items from the collections and what they tell us about the last 900 years at Barts.

Kate Jarman BA, MARM, RMARA is the Archivist for Barts Health NHS Trust, which holds the collections of more than thirty current and former hospitals, including Barts, as well as associated medical and nursing schools, charities and individuals. Kate, who is a graduate of both Sheffield and Liverpool Universities, and previously worked at The National Archives, started her working life in fundraising for Barts Charity, where she first became acquainted with the hospital collections, and was inspired to pursue a career in archives.

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Barts 900 – Jacqueline Riding

Barts 900 – Jacqueline Riding

January 16th 2021

‘From Bartholomew Close to Gin Lane – a profile of William Hogarth’

Our webinar featured historian Dr Jacqueline Riding in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

William Hogarth is now best known as a printmaker and satirist, yet he was also a successful history and portrait painter. Born in the vicinity of the hospital at Bartholomew Close, he rose from humble beginnings to be one of the most significant British artists of all time.

Jackie Riding specialises in British history and art of the eighteenth century. Former curator of the Palace of Westminster and Director of the Handel House Museum, she is the award-winning author of several books as well as a consultant for museums, galleries, historic buildings and feature films. Her major book on William Hogarth, Hogarth: Life in Progress (Profile Books) is the first biography of the artist for over twenty years and will be published on 29 April 2021.

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Barts 900 – William Aslet

Barts 900 – William Aslet

November 23rd 2020

‘Barts in the Career of James Gibbs’
Wednesday 25 November at 1900 hrs

Our webinar featured historian William Aslet in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

William described the life and career of James Gibbs (1682-1754), from his birth in Scotland, to his training in Rome and the establishment of his practice in London, where his appointment as a hospital governor at Barts led to his position as architect of the 18th-century buildings that remain at the core of the hospital today.

William is one of the UK’s leading authorities on Sir James Gibbs, who was responsible for the complete redesign of Barts during the eighteenth century. A history graduate of Somerville College, Oxford, William went on to an MPhil in the History of Art and Architecture, focussing on Gibbs, at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he is currently researching for a PhD on Gibbs’ architecture.

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The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of Barts Heritage

The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of Barts Heritage

November 18th 2020

We are delighted to announce that The Prince of Wales has agreed to become the Patron of Barts Heritage in the run-up to the 900th anniversary of the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 2023.

The period of The Prince of Wales’s Patronage will cover the current £15m fundraising appeal for restoring the historic North Wing and the Henry VIII Gatehouse on the Hospital’s Smithfield site.

Barts Heritage is the charity overseeing the restoration, and is working in partnership with Bart’s Health NHS Trust, Barts Charity and the Church of St Bartholomew the Great on plans to mark the 900th anniversary of Britain’s oldest hospital.

Will Palin, chief executive of Barts Heritage, said:

“We are hugely grateful to The Prince of Wales for his support and Patronage as we look forward to implementing our plans to conserve, repair and renovate these nationally important Grade I listed buildings. Royal Patronage is an honour for our project, and will also give a massive boost to our forthcoming 900th fundraising campaign.”

Prof Charles Knight, chief executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, said:

“The historic North Wing is at the heart of our working hospital, a physical manifestation of excellence in its own right and a symbol of the principle of universal care which inspired our founder nearly 900 years ago. Restoring this wonderful building means its beautiful historic spaces can become places of healing, contemplation and inspiration for our staff, patients and visitors in the future.”

Ian Peters, Chair of Barts Health NHS Trust, said:

“We are thrilled to have the Prince’s support and Patronage for both Barts Heritage and the 900th anniversary campaign. This will be an enormous help in realising our aims to conserve the heritage of the hospital while also improving patient care and the working lives of our staff.”

 

Notes to Editors

St Bartholomew’s was founded in 1123 by Rahere, an Augustinian monk, to serve the poor and sick of London, and is now the oldest hospital in the country still providing medical services from the same site. Rahere also set up a priory on an adjacent site, and the priory church survives as St Bartholomew the Great.

Barts Heritage is a dedicated charity established to rescue, repair and renovate the Grade I listed historic buildings at the heart of the Hospital site. The North Wing was originally built in the 18th century to house the managerial functions of the hospital, and includes the famous Great Hall and Hogarth staircase. Renovation work has already started, while some of the building is being used as a temporary health and wellbeing hub for hospital staff.

In response to the pandemic, Barts Heritage refocused its short-term fundraising to enable urgent repairs to the fabric and interiors before 2023. Meanwhile the charity is also developing longer-term plans to incorporate wellbeing facilities in the North Wing as part of the wider 900th anniversary campaign.

Contact details:
Will Palin
Chief Executive
Barts Heritage
E: will.palin@bartsheritage.org.uk | T: 07973 829 619 | W: www.bartsheritage.org

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Barts 900 – Liz Smith

Barts 900 – Liz Smith

October 19th 2020

‘Protecting and Preserving our Heritage’

Our webinar on 28 October featured Conservation Architect and Barts Heritage trustee Liz Smith in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

Liz is Head of Architecture and Regional Partner at Purcell, a practice of Architects, Masterplanners and Heritage Consultants renowned for award-winning heritage conservation projects.

Liz’s passion lies in progressive conservation, approaching historic buildings with new and creative design concepts. Liz believes designs can be more creative within the specific constraints and rich context of historic environments. Liz has delivered major projects at the National Maritime Museum, Kew Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. Liz also features as the conservation architect in Channel 4‘s TV series Phil Spencer’s Stately Homes.

Liz explored the current themes and issues around the protection of our built heritage, and examined the opportunities offered by the proposed restoration project to the Grade I listed buildings at Barts.

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A New Partnership with the City Music Foundation

A New Partnership with the City Music Foundation

October 13th 2020

Barts Heritage is delighted to announce a new partnership with the City Music Foundation  This collaboration will bring will bring exceptional, wide ranging music to the historic heart of St Bartholomew’s Hospital with regular, free performances in the Great Hall throughout 2021. This programme aims to draw lovers of music and architecture, of history and medicine, and all those seeking the companionship and solace of shared musical experience to one of the most important and ancient institutions in the City of London.

The City Music Foundation (CMF) is a charity that was founded in 2012 and its mission is ‘turning talent into success’. It was conceived, gestated, born and has grown up in the City, and has it’s headquarters currently in Church House, Cloth Fair. Each year CMF takes a cohort of exceptional, accomplished, emerging musicians and they join the CMF Artist Programme – career development and management – for about two years starting in the autumn each year.

CMF arranges mentoring, runs workshops, does agency and management, makes CDs, videos and websites, commissions new music, secures airtime on BBC Radio 3 and promotes artist through online, print and social media, as well as putting on recitals and concerts.  CMF alumni speak of the many ways CMF has helped them during the very fragile early stages of their professional careers – careers which have become even more fragile since the devastation of the performing arts by restrictions due to Covid-19.

Since lockdown CMF has delivered workshops online, set up a hardship fund and developed expertise in live-streaming recitals. CMF is now aiming, while mainstream commercial promoters are struggling to be financially viable because of restrictions on audience numbers, to increase the number of concerts and recitals it curates ‘in house’, as a way of supporting both the performers, and the audiences who thrive on live music.

Dr Clare Taylor, managing director of City Music Foundation says:

It’s hard to put into words exactly what this collaboration means to me and to CMF. I trained as a doctor at Barts in the 1980s, living in Charterhouse Square, and I did my medical house job in Annie Zunz and Dalziel wards in the KGV wing. Always a dedicated musician in my spare time, I continued to sing, including in the choir at Barts the Great, for many years. In 2012 I ceased medical work to support my husband in his City role, and soon after began a second career running CMF. The role of music in health and well-being is well established.  This is a unique opportunity to bring CMF musicians to experience this and share their music with Barts as it approaches its 900 year anniversary, and to support Barts Heritage as they preserve and promote these magnificent buildings.

Will Palin, CEO of Barts Heritage says:

We are thrilled to be working with the City Music Foundation to bring the very best of live music to the heart of this beautiful site. We look forward to hosting monthly free concerts in the Great Hall throughout 2021 and to working with the Foundation on pioneering projects exploring the ways in which music can contribute to the wellbeing of staff, patients and other visitors to the Hospital – ahead of our major restoration project.

www.citymusicfoundation.org

Photo: Emile Holba

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North Wing project receives major award from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

North Wing project receives major award from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

October 9th 2020

Barts Heritage is delighted to announce receipt of a £151,600 grant from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The crucial funding will allow us to continue our project to restore the Grade I listed North Wing and Henry VIII Gatehouse, creating both a bridge to connect the public to the historic hospital and a new model for heritage and wellbeing beginning with pilot programmes co-designed with Hospital staff.

With many major grant-giving programmes currently suspended or focused primarily on Covid response, we have now reshaped our programme into two smaller phases of work that will address the most pressing works, securing the historic fabric and opening up the principal spaces for public use. The first phase of the project is planned to coincide with the 900th anniversary of St Barts and will secure the fabric of both buildings and renovate its two principal interiors.

We are currently working with the Hospital to provide urgently needed facilities for the staff within the west pavilion of the North Wing. These will serve as important pilot projects in 2020, co-designed with Hospital staff, that will inform how we shape the programmes in the upgraded building. Facilities will include relaxation areas for individuals to gather and unwind; smaller private rooms for professional services such as psychological care; spaces for creative and innovate thinking in teams and larger spaces for group exercise and physiotherapy. We also hope to be able to offer wellbeing programmes for wider audiences as the project develops, including schoolteachers, community leaders and youth workers, subject to consultation and further planning.

William Palin, CEO of Barts Heritage says:

We are thrilled to have been awarded £151,600 from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. This crucial grant will enable us to continue our pioneering project to restore our Grade I listed buildings as a new model for heritage and wellbeing. This funding will enable us, at this challenging time, to press ahead with project development, implement pilot schemes, build our volunteer base, and further strengthen our partnership with St Bartholomew’s Hospital as it approaches its 900th anniversary. 

Professor Charles Knight, CEO of St Bartholomew’s Hospital says:

The historic North Wing is at the heart of our working hospital. It is both a physical manifestation of excellence and a representation of the principle of universal care which inspired the foundation of St Bartholomew’s Hospital nearly 900 years ago. Saving it is an urgent and time-limited opportunity for us and, thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage, Barts Heritage can continue to develop its plans to restore the fabric of this wonderful building and create a much-needed new health and wellbeing hub for staff, patients and visitors, where the beautiful historic spaces can become places of healing, contemplation and inspiration.

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A copy of the full press release may be downloaded here

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Barts 900 – Claire Cogar

Barts 900 – Claire Cogar

September 18th 2020

‘Secrets Beneath our Feet: the Archaeology of Barts’

Our webinar on 30 September featured archaeologist Claire Cogar in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

Claire is the Director of Archaeology at Iceni Projects, where her team of experts, who have worked in development-led archaeology on live construction sites, specialises in delivering focused archaeological advice.

With more than twelve years of archaeological experience behind her, Claire is currently Project Director for excavation at the recently demolished Middlesex Hospital Annex.

Previously she was part of the team at Barts excavating the area below Outpatients, RSQ, the Path block, and parts of Barts the Less prior to redevelopment in these locations, and is ideally placed to provide a perspective on such notable events such as the Roman City of London, the Middle Ages, and the Great Fire, which was eventually extinguished near Barts, at Pye Corner, on the junction of Cock Lane and Giltspur Street.

In a fascinating presentation Claire also described the archaeological opportunities offered by the restoration of the North Wing and the Henry VIII Gate.

A recording of this, and all our other webinars, is available on our YouTube channel.

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Barts 900 – Marcus Setchell

Barts 900 – Marcus Setchell

August 18th 2020

‘Royal Barts, Royal Babies and Royal Doctors’

Our webinar on 26 August 2020 featured Sir Marcus Setchell KCVO FRCS FRCOG, Deputy Chairman of Barts Heritage, in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

As a former Barts consultant and surgeon-gynaecologist to HM the Queen, Sir Marcus is eminently placed to describe the hospital’s royal connections. These began in 1123 with the hospital’s founder, Rahere, who was a jester at the court of Henry I before taking holy orders and becoming a monk. In his presentation, entitled ‘Royal Barts, Royal Babies and Royal Doctors’, Sir Marcus reflected on those Barts men and women who, like himself, were called upon to provide medical services to the royal family, and the history of royal births through the ages, when a successful outcome has often been far from certain.

A recording of this, and all our other webinars, is available on our YouTube channel.

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Barts 900 – Will Palin

Barts 900 – Will Palin

July 14th 2020

‘Waking the Sleeping Giant’

Our second webinar featured Will Palin, CEO of Barts Heritage, in conversation with Robert Treharne Jones.

In anticipation of the hospital’s 900th anniversary, Will was appointed to lead Barts Heritage through the landmark project to repair, conserve and renovate the Grade I listed North Wing and Henry VIII Gate at the heart of the hospital, including the celebrated Hogarth Stair and Great Hall.

In his presentation, entitled ‘Waking the Sleeping Giant’ Will described the challenges and complexities of the project and the exciting opportunities it offers for public access and engagement during the works themselves. He also reflected on his last major project, the Painted Hall at Greenwich, which was pioneering in both scale and ambition, and the parallels with the Barts project, where a team of skilled professionals will once again be required to achieve a successful outcome.

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