The Infirmary is an interactive exhibition at the University of Worcester’s City Campus combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries.

- Meet characters from the Infirmary
- Investigate medical technology
- Explore memories and occupations
- Share your thoughts
- Challenge your ideas of mental health
- Compare health today to other times and places

You can visit The Infirmary on the hours noted below, come to events, bring your school, hold a conference or bring a group of friends on a pre-booked tour. Any questions please get in touch as there are many ways to support your local medical museums. 


Worcester Infirmary operated from this site from 1771 until 2002 and in that time observed many advances in healthcare and innovation. Those who worked here also proved instrumental and the exhibition and tours aim to convey these important discoveries. For example, local man Sir Charles Hastings presided over the first meeting of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association in July 1832. The organisation which later became the British Medical Association and continues to print the British Medical Journal sharing the results and research by medical professionals to improve the lives of many. 

Worcester Infirmary was granted 'Royal' status on a visit from HRH Prince of Wales in 1932 and subsequently was referred to as WRI. The records and archives of the historic building and activities at Castle Street, as well as the first infirmary in the city at Silver Street are held in the hive and the George Marshall Medical Museum and are available for research purposes. 


General email: InfirmaryMuseum@worc.ac.uk

Project Officer Education: InfirmaryMuseum@worc.ac.uk 

Head of The Infirmary: vacant 

Telephone: (+44) 01905 542373


The exhibition is on ground floor of the building which has a lift and staircase to enter the building. There are toilets, baby changing areas and cafe open to public all on the same level. As you enter reception turn left and the museum will be seen through the doorway about 20 yards away. 

DisabledGo completed an access audit in 2018 for full details of using the building. 

The Infirmary

university of worcester - City Campus

Castle Street



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