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Restoring Historic Barts

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Spines of ledgers from the Barts archives

Early ledgers from the Barts archives.

Image: Matthew Andrews

Restoring Historic Barts

900 years of history and healthcare

St Bartholomew’s Hospital is the oldest hospital in Britain still operating on its original site. It is renowned for excellence and innovation and continues to evolve to meet the demands of today and anticipate the needs of tomorrow.

Most recently Barts has been at the forefront of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, not only through the provision of intensive care but also in developing vital research to move us beyond the pandemic. Working in partnership with the Hospital, we mean to ensure that the historic treasures here will continue to act as the touchstone to Barts’ guiding philosophy of care and compassion.


Apparently cosmetic flaking paint is an indicator of significant water damage in the Great Hall

Image: Paine & Stewart

Restoring Historic Barts

A new model for heritage and health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

After over 50 years without significant repair, the Grade I listed North Wing and Henry VIII Gatehouse have suffered serious damage. We need to act fast to carry out urgent repair and conservation work to safeguard the building and its important interiors.

Our priority is to secure the envelope of both buildings and the two celebrated interiors in the North Wing – the Great Hall and Hogarth Stair. This work is budgeted at £10.5m.

A second phase of works will address the reservicing and renovation of the many other spaces and the establishment of a new Museum. This is costed at £12m.

We are currently working with the Hospital to provide urgently needed facilities for the staff within our project – including spaces where we can host programmes addressing wellbeing and psychological recovery.

A member of the hospital team takes time out in the Great Hall
The project will create spaces for wellbeing and recovery.
Image: Matthew Andrews

We also believe the historic buildings and collections of Barts can form a new resource for education and the promotion of health and wellbeing for London and beyond.


Programmes for health and wellbeing will provide much needed respite for staff

Image: Matthew Andrews

Our progress so far

With our specialist design team, we have advanced detailed plans for the conservation of the historic buildings including a business plan to ensure long term sustainable uses. We are now developing programmes of activity for a range of audiences.

This work underpins our fundraising campaign and will cover three main areas:

Heritage & culture

  • Securing and sharing exceptional cultural treasures with more people

Health & wellbeing

  • Creating places where people can connect, reflect and recover


  • Giving people opportunities to be involved with Barts: understanding, enjoying and learning from its stories

Get involved

Restoring Historic Barts has been costed at £22.5M. We’re actively exploring opportunities for financial support for this prestigious project. 

  • Send us an email to explore opportunities for project and long-term sponsorship
  • Join the Patrons Circle and enjoy a curator-led private tour of the historic North Wing each year, private access to the Barts Heritage buildings and invitations to special talks and events
  • Join the Friends of Barts Heritage and become an ambassador for the restoration project
  • Make a donation – All donations to Barts Heritage will help restore our heritage buildings and collections for the benefit of staff and visitors

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