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Royal Hospital Museum, London

Explore the Royal Hospital Museum on your university or college trip to London.

This museum is located in the former crypt of a late 19th century church, which has been extensively and meticulously restored. The building has three main sections focusing on healthcare in the 18th, 19th and 20th Century, including a history of the hospital since its foundation in 1740.

These including a fascinating overview of famous medical cases such as Joseph Merrick (the 'Elephant Man'), the Whitechapel murders and former London hospital nurses Edith Cavell and Eva Luckes.

It also hosts a permanent exhibition of artifacts and archives relating to the hospital and the history of healthcare in the East End. This includes works of art, surgical instruments, medical and nursing equipment, uniforms, medals, and written archives and printed books.

A guided tour is advised for student groups and a recommended visit lasts approximately one hour.