Our history

In 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) opened with just 10 beds, and was the first hospital in the UK to offer dedicated inpatient care to children. 

From world firsts in surgery and state-of-the-art buildings to pioneering research and celebrity support, see some of our highlights and the people who have made them happen.

Browse our interactive history timeline and explore some of our milestones over the past 160 years.

Meet some of the doctors, surgeons, nurses and writers who have helped shape our history.

Learn about some of the hospital's pioneering breakthroughs over the past 160 years. 

Meet some of our patients and learn about their experiences of the hospital.

Read about our connection with Peter Pan, and how he's been helping children grow up for over 80 years.

Find out about how our Archive Service is keeping the hospital's history alive.