Our history 

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has existed since 1994, but its origins date back over 250 years and lie in the history of various individual hospitals, some of which now form part of the Trust and some of which have since closed down. On these pages you can learn all about these hospitals. You can also find out about the collections of archives and artefacts at UCL Hospitals, which provide a unique glimpse into the past.

The archives, dating back to 1747, are made up of the records of the some of the hospitals that currently or have in the past been part of the Trust:

  • The Middlesex Hospital
  • The Hospital for Women, Soho
  • St Peter’s Group
  • The Eastman Dental Hospital
  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • The National Temperance Hospital.

The archives also include records and artefacts relating to nursing both at The Middlesex and University College Hospitals.

The catalogues of some of the hospitals above are available via The National Archives catalogue (Discovery).

Records are not held of the following hospitals, which are available elsewhere:

The history of the hospitals

  • Information on the history of the hospitals is contained in the timeline.

The archives and search room are located at 250 Euston Road


The Archivist is happy to answer basic enquiries on behalf of researchers.  Lengthy enquiries cannot be answered by telephone and researchers should make an appointment to visit the archives in person or send someone on their behalf.

No charge is made for answering enquiries (unless you are requesting your time of birth – see below) but if you would like to make a donation to support the continuing preservation and promotion of the archives it would be gratefully received. 

There is a charge for copies of photographs.  Please see the attached UCLH Arts and Heritage reproduction of image form, including the charges, to request copies.

Time of birth: if you are requesting your time of birth (available for UCH and The Middlesex only) there will be a charge of £10.

Please pay electronically quoting reference 0886

The bank details are:
Bank name: Coutts & Co, 440 Strand, London WC2R 0QS
Account name: University College London Hospitals Charity
Account no. 08324530
Sort code 18-00-02
IBAN GB40COUT18000208324530
IBAN BIC (Swift code) COUTGB22

Alternatively you can pay by cheque: please make cheques payable to UCLH Archive Fund - 0886.

You can use a Gift Aid form
, which enables us to claim tax back on your donation if you pay income or capital gains tax.

 Access to the archives

To view the archives please make an appointment with the Trust archivist.

Telephone: 020 3447 7717
Email: annie.lindsay@uclh.nhs.uk

Office address:     
Annie Lindsay     
Trust Archivist and Records Manager
ICT Dept., 2nd Floor, Maple House  
149 Tottenham Court Road   

Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.