Events

All of our regular events in the Great Hall are currently on hold while the COVID-19 restrictions apply, and we are concentrating our efforts on our free on-line series of webinars in the run-up to Barts 900th Anniversary in 2023.

Please visit the Barts Heritage Events page to find out more.


A series of Archive Lectures were started  in 2008 by Gerald Libby, then chairman of the Hospital Archive Committee.  They ran for the next ten years, attracting distinguished speakers from the arts, architecture and heritage world.

A performance by Edward Fox OBE of his one-man show “Trollope in Barsetshire” in April 2011 and the 4th Archive Lecture later that same year, followed by a celebratory dinner, were instrumental in leading to the foundation of The Friends.

1st Archive Lecture
9 April 2008
Mercy, Madness, Pestilence and Death : Art and Hospitals from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
Richard Cork
Art critic and historian, broadcaster and exhibition curator; Slade professor of Fine Art and Art History at Cambridge.

2nd Archive Lecture
20 April 2009
Goodbye England’s Heritage: the future of our history in the 21st Century
Simon Thurley
CEO English Heritage 2002-2015, Architectural historian, author and broadcaster.

3rd Archive Lecture
19 April 2010
Public Art in Eighteenth Century England
Sir Charles Saumarez Smith
Secretary and CEO of The Royal Academy 2007-2018, Art historian, former director of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.

4th Archive Lecture
2 December 2011
The Rebuilding of Barts by James Gibbs
Peter Schmitt
Architect, Surveyor of the Fabric of The Royal Academy, Member of Barts Archive Committee.

5th Archive Lecture
8 November 2012
Staircase Wit: Hogarth’s paintings at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital
Professor Robin Simon
Founding Editor, The British Art Journal, former editor of Apollo magazine and author of “Hogarth, France and British Art: The Rise of the Arts in 18th century Britain”.

6th Archive Lecture
8 November 2013
London Projects
Sir Michael Hopkins RA
Architect, Co – Founder of Hopkins Architects, advisors to The Friends. Former President of the Architectural Association, Trustee of the British Museum, Council member of the RIBA.

7th Archive Lecture
29 November 2014
Charity and Commemoration: The Tudor Roots?
Dr. David Starkey
Historian, author, exhibition curator and broadcaster

8th Archive Lecture
9 February 2016
William Harvey and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital
Professor Sir Mark Caulfield
Director of the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

9th Archive Lecture
10 October 2017
Barts Hospital Archives: A nine-century panoply of treasures
Jonathan Evans
Archivist, Barts Health NHS Trust 1991-2017, lecturer and examiner in the history of medicine, Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London

10th Archive Lecture
13 November 2018
The Roman City of London
Francis Grew
Senior Curator of Archaeology, Museum of London

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