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Bath Medical Museum


Bath is the great city it is today because of its medical past. If legends are to be believed, Bath was founded around 860 BC when Prince Bladud, who had been barred from royal court because of his leprosy, was cured by the thermal waters.

From the 1700s onwards, Bath did not just have great medical facilities, but rather the entire city was a medical hub; local hospitals worked together with the spa to treat patients. From 1742, a major part of this network was The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD). Located in the centre of Bath, the RNHRD has an international reputation for treatment for rheumatic conditions.

In 2012 the RNHRD opened a small museum to display its collection.  The current museum at the RNHRD is housed in the old chapel and showcases a collection of photographs, medical instruments and documents dating as far back as the 1750s.