St Bart’s Hospital Museum

April 7, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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St Bart’s Hospital museum covers the history of the hospital. It’s fine and free but probably missable unless you have an interest in small and medical museums. It’s located in what feels like the side of a gatehouse wall just past the hospital church.

You’ll see a short video describing the life of its founder Rahere and the formation of the hospital in the 12th century (1137) as well as copies of the deeds and grants with signatures by Henry VIII. You’ll then progress through several different sections detailing the history and medical treatments practised here for 900 years. Overall it took about 20 – 30 minutes (including the video).

Outside the hospital walls (towards Smithfield Market) is a monument to where William Wallace was executed – it still gets flowers!

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After the monument and just before you turn right towards the market is a passageway leading towards a nice looking church.

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The Bart Hospital Museum is a niche subject area but it knows its subject and does it well.

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