News & Events

2019 is our 400th Year Anniversary; it was 1619 when the original foundation stone was laid.
We are hosting a number of events, at different times of the year, to mark this important moment in the history of Abbot’s Hospital.

Abbot's Hospital News & Events


Shakespeare 'Sonnet Walks' ~ 27th & 28th April 2019

Abbot’s Hospital is being included on the Tour of the Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) ‘Sonnet Walks’ over the weekend of the 27th /28th April 2019.

Garden Party ~ Saturday 22nd June 2019

A Large Garden Party is being held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 to which all residents will be able to invite up to 4 people (family) to come to tea and cakes in the lower quad area. Also, all Governors and Staff will be invited. We are also inviting the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey who will unveil the Jane Allison painting of all the residents who are at Abbot’s Hospital in 2019.

Exhibition ~ Saturday 28th September 2019 to Saturday 26th October 2019

There will be an Exhibition of Abbot’s inventory items and this will be held in the Guildhall in Guildford from Saturday 28th September 2019 to Saturday 26th October 2019.

Lunch Party ~ October 2019

There will also be a large lunch party at Abbot’s in October 2019. It will be for all residents, governors and staff. It will be a major event held in the Upper Courtyard area.


2019 Heritage Lottery Award

We have been awarded our Heritage Lottery bid money and, as a result, the Governors will be taking on one extra full-time member of staff and one extra part-time member of staff to be responsible for heritage research and heritage matters during the 2019 year.

Their job titles are: (a) Heritage Engagement Officer. (b) Archive Research Consultant.

Their roles will encompass: the delivery of tours, workshops, outreach to public and the overall smooth running of the “400 Years of Abbots Hospital” project.