Great Ormond Street Hospital's archive contains documents, photographs and artefacts spanning the hospital's 160-year history.
The hospital’s archives are public records, which are available for research under the terms of the Public Records Act 1958. As far as possible, the department will respond to enquiries directly, but for lengthier or more complex research enquiries a personal visit, or the employment of a research assistant, may be necessary. A catalogue of the archives is available to consult.
Access to personal records of patients and staff may be restricted in accordance with the legal requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000, and the Trust’s Freedom of Information access policy.
We offer Monday to Friday access to the archives, between 9:30am to 5pm (prior appointment only).
The Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP) is an online database of the hospital’s inpatient admissions from 1852 to 1914 (anonymous until over 100 years old). The website also features articles on aspects of the hospital’s history, and short biographies of medical staff. Registration is necessary to access the full contents, but is free of charge.
Redevelopment of Museum Space and relocation of artefacts
We are facing a substantial increase in demand for our clinical services, and associated demand for patient and staff accommodation and administrative support to underpin this clinical activity.
In order to maximise the use of the space we have, it has been decided to relocate our dedicated archivist and to rehouse the artefacts from our small museum in more prominent public places around the hospital.
We have undertaken a review of the space vacated by the museum and have decided to release it so that it can be used in a way that more directly benefits patients.
The Trust Archive will remain open and accessible to the public, but will now be located on the ground floor of Barclay House.