Salisbury's Healthcare history

Salisbury Infirmary c.1960s Gaslight operations 1902

The historical archives at Salisbury Hospital range from the 1760s to present day and include the General Infirmary, Odstock Hospital and many other sites around Salisbury, they provide a fascinating insight into medicine, healthcare and social history of the city for the past 250 years. In December 2015, ArtCare were successful in a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for 40,000 towards sorting, recording and sharing the historical archives and collections relating to health care in Salisbury.

You can now browse Salisbury District Hospital's archives and historic collections online on our dedicated website. The online themed collections include nursing, innovation, medicine from war, local memories and celebrations. There is also an interactive map, timeline and downloadable resources for schools. So whether your interest is local history, family ancestry or curiosity about our medical collections, this online archive is a great starting point to explore more.

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Get involved or find out more

  • Become a history project volunteer - help with archiving, scanning and researching or with activities, e.g. exhibition guides and workshop events. Download our history and archive volunteer leaflet to find out more >
  • Do you have any material relevant to the project or a story you would like to share with us? Would you like more information about the project. Please contact Lesley Meaker on 01722 336262 ext. 5618 or email
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