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Our Heritage

Capturing history: University Hospitals of the North Midlands collaboration with Staffordshire University


We are at a historic turning point with demolition work now complete at the old Royal Infirmary site. These buildings have been part of the local health service since the 19th century.


In 2012 the hospital vacated the old Royal Infirmary site, moving services to the Royal Stoke Hospital, meaning the old Royal Infirmary was left empty and unused. In a move to regenerate this part of Stoke, buildings on site have been demolished to provide much needed housing and community facilities for the local area.


The demolition has been of significant interest from a heritage perspective, both within Stoke-on-Trent and beyond. Keen to preserve the cultural significance of the site, the University Hospitals of the North Midlands NHS Trust has been working in collaboration with Staffordshire University to capture the landmark’s rich history.


A look inside…


We are pleased to share a video of a 3D, mapped model of the old Royal Infirmary site, created by Staffordshire University’s archaeology department.


You can press play to watch a video tour of the old buildings. In due course we hope to have an interactive version which allows you to roam the empty buildings at will from the comfort of your own home.




We would like to thank staff and students at Staffordshire University for their continued work on Project STAR and look forward to sharing more of our history in the future.


Preserving heritage


Before demolition, the Trust completed a record of historical artefacts which have now been put into safe storage for future exhibition. We are also looking forward to sharing these with the public in due course. The NHS Trust's Arts Steering Group is looking to celebrate the history of the site and considering the best way of showcasing these artefacts in some form.


Please keep an eye on this section of the website for further news on the history of the old Royal Infirmary site.

Our Heritage

Capturing history: University Hospitals of the North Midlands collaboration with Staffordshire University


We are at a historic turning point with demolition work now complete at the old Royal Infirmary site. These buildings have been part of the local health service since the 19th century.


In 2012 the hospital vacated the old Royal Infirmary site, moving services to the Royal Stoke Hospital, meaning the old Royal Infirmary was left empty and unused. In a move to regenerate this part of Stoke, buildings on site have been demolished to provide much needed housing and community facilities for the local area.


The demolition has been of significant interest from a heritage perspective, both within Stoke-on-Trent and beyond. Keen to preserve the cultural significance of the site, the University Hospitals of the North Midlands NHS Trust has been working in collaboration with Staffordshire University to capture the landmark’s rich history.


A look inside…


We are pleased to share a video of a 3D, mapped model of the old Royal Infirmary site, created by Staffordshire University’s archaeology department.


You can press play to watch a video tour of the old buildings. In due course we hope to have an interactive version which allows you to roam the empty buildings at will from the comfort of your own home.




We would like to thank staff and students at Staffordshire University for their continued work on Project STAR and look forward to sharing more of our history in the future.


Preserving heritage


Before demolition, the Trust completed a record of historical artefacts which have now been put into safe storage for future exhibition. We are also looking forward to sharing these with the public in due course. The NHS Trust's Arts Steering Group is looking to celebrate the history of the site and considering the best way of showcasing these artefacts in some form.


Please keep an eye on this section of the website for further news on the history of the old Royal Infirmary site.