With the COVID-19 virus continuing to spread around the country and, in particular, in London, we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard the Chelsea Pensioners and staff at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. As such all school visits and bookings have been cancelled until further notice. The main Royal Hospital Chelsea site will now also be closed to external visitors until further notice.

Explore the history of the Chelsea Pensioners 
Free school visits available

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is currently engaged in building a suite of cross-curricular learning activities with strong links to the National Curriculum in England. 

Join us for one of our tailor-made learning sessions or events to learn about over 300 years of history and the role that Royal Hospital Chelsea has played in British society.

Unable to visit? Why not let the Chelsea Pensioners come to you? We offer outreach to local London schools and institutions. Take part in a themed workshop or book a talk with a Chelsea Pensioner.

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Staff Nurse - Beata wearing a facemask
International Nurses' Day 2020

12 May is the International Day of the Nurse where people all over the world recognise the important role of nurses in their communities. On this day we also celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale is credited as being the founder of modern nursing.

Torpedo explosion display on the water at the Royal Military and Naval Exhibition
From exploding torpedoes to stuffed polar bears: The Royal Military and Naval Exhibitions of 1890 and 1891

Today, the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s South Grounds are famous for hosting the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. However, the tradition of using our grounds for exhibitions began at the end of the 19th century.

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