This is probably the most morbid museum in London, it is now opened its doors for free to the public..
You could get access to the collections of 5,000 specimens or more held in the building’s three mezzanine levels. Among them are such horrors as a gout-inflated hand, the bound foot of woman and a liver that has been damaged by ‘tight-lacing’ effectively cut almost in two by a woman’s excessively tight corset. This last is a specimen from almost in living memory1907.
Barts was founded in 1123 by Rahere (died 1144, and entombed in the nearby Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great), a favourite courtier of King Henry I. The Dissolution of the Monasteries did not affect the running of Barts as a hospital, but left it in a precarious position by removing its income. It was refounded by King Henry VIII in December 1546, on the signing of an agreement granting the hospital to the Corporation of London, which was reaffirmed by Letters Patent of January 1547 endowing it with properties and income entitlements.
Named one of CNN’s Ten Weirdest Medical Museums, Barts differs from others due to its quirky, interesting events and desire to bring Pathology alive! The museum, a Medical Humanities hub, is part of Queen Mary University of London and this temporary site is named after one of the museum’s illustrious curators and esteemed English Surgeon, Sir Percivall Pott (1714-1788)
Please visit the official website of the QUEEN MARY university of London:http://www.qmul.ac.uk/pathologymuseum/about/index.html
Open on Tuesdays and Thursday through August.
Note: contact the museum in advance of your visit firstname.lastname@example.org please check if there is a volunteer in place for that day.
Barts Pathology Museum
Robin Brook Centre
St Bartholomew’s Hospital