Barts Heritage Project

June 8 2020

Image of Barts Heritage Project

Picture: @BartsHeritage

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here is an upcoming project that looks rather exciting. The historic portions of St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, more commonly known as Barts, are due to undergo a vast conservation and restoration project.

The Hospital's trustees turned to architect James Gibbs in the 1730s to add some new wings to the existing complex. The surviving north wing includes a fine historic staircase containing two murals painted by none other than William Hogarth (pictured). The project, which is split into two £10m tranches, will aim to conserve and restore these areas in time for the hospital's 900th anniversary in 2023.

Barts Heritage is a relatively new organisation entrusted to see through the project. Its CEO is William Palin, son of British comedian Sir Michael Palin, is an architectural writer and was previously engaged at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.

William has shared this fabulous high-resolution image of the above mural on his Twitter account. It will be quite the transformation once all the dirt has been removed!

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