UCL Human Tissue Biobanks


UCL Pathology Collections

HTA Licence 12620

DI: Jayne Dunn
Email: j.dunn@ucl.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 8089 

UCL Pathology Collections is an irreplaceable collection with important clinical teaching and research significance, consisting of some 6,000 specimens and objects. It comprises a series of sub-collections which originate from the incorporation of several London teaching and research hospitals, primarily the medical schools of UCL and the Royal Free Hospital, but also includes the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The collection

The core collection includes fluid-preserved human pathology specimens alongside skeletal material, foreign bodies, wax models, plaster casts and histopathology slides. With the exception of some historic specimens, most of the collections date back to the 20th Century.

The majority of the UCL Pathology Collections specimens are housed at the Royal Free Campus of the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences. A small part of the collections are stored in a variety of locations on the Bloomsbury and Whittington sites for teaching. The Royal Free Collections' spaces include a museum display area along with specimens in visible storage as reference collections. There are also dedicated storage areas for the historic collections, along with workshops for the conservation and maintenance of the Collection.

The museums are part of UCL Culture that also includes the University's Public Engagement Unit and the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Promoting research and teaching with these collections is a high priority, and UCL Museums play a key role in engaging new audiences with UCL's academic work. We aim to cement the role of UCL Pathology Collections at UCL by working with colleagues across the university to include specimens from UCL Pathology Collections in these activities.

For those organisations who continue to house and manage their own collections, UCL Museums gives help and advice where called on to facilitate the use of specimens for teaching, research and public engagement.

Students and staff from the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences may access the collections for independent study during office hours.

Office hours:

Tuesday 1:00 - 5:00pm

We facilitate by arrangement the use of the collections for teaching and research outside these office hours. Please contact the curator at pathcoll@ucl.ac.uk to book an appointment.

For further information, please visit the UCL Pathology Collections website