From Monastery to Hospital: Building a New Identity at Old St. Thomas’ in London Bridge

During the Middle Ages, many monasteries had an infirmary and a hospital where they treated the sick. This was also the case for the Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie, later known as the Priory of St Thomas Beckett that was located where Southwark Cathedral now stands. This Priory was destroyed by a fire in 1214, and soon afterwards the monastic community obtained a new site on the east side of what is now Borough High Street. St Thomas' then provided shelter for the sick, the needy and the dying in its hospital for the next 650 years. Throughout this time, the hospital went through several renovations, moving away from a monastic context and creating in is wake a new identity more in tune with the concept of "hospital" that we have today. Join Monica A. Walker, Ph.D. in Art History, for this fascinating journey into building the identity of Old St Thomas' Hospital.


June 21, 2018

7:00 - 8:30

Admission: £12

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Image: Wellcome Collection


The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret 9a St Thomas Street London SE1 9RY


Museum is located in the attic of St. Thomas' Church. Entrance is through a 52-step spiral staircase.