This performance will take place from the Great Hall at Bart’s Hospital. Its staircase is famously painted by Hogarth, who was the first governor of the Foundling Hospital.
Barts Heritage was formed in 2017 to repair, conserve and renovate the nationally important Grade I listed North Wing (with the Great Hall and Hogarth Stair), King Henry VIII Gatehouse and other heritage assets at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City of London. The Hospital is the oldest in Britain, having dispensed free healthcare on the same site for nearly 900 years. Its historic buildings, art collection and archives remain at the heart of this unique institution and busy working hospital.
Our project, over 2020-2025, is estimated at £10.5m. The capital works will include the external repairs of the North Wing and Henry VIII Gatehouse, and the conservation and re-presentation of the two grand interiors, the Great Hall and Hogarth Stair. Core services and security systems to support public use will be brought into the North Wing, with lighter touch redecoration and upgrade of reception rooms and ancillary spaces and the introduction of a temporary exhibition and visitor orientation space. The rejuvenated buildings will serve as the setting and inspiration for a new public engagement and activity programme focusing on health and wellbeing, and designed and delivered in close partnership with the Hospital.