Compilations - selected from the archives by our staff

Item of the month

A collection of items selected by the Library team


Ladies' Samaritan Society 1861-2014

This exhibition was on display in Queen Square Library from April- August 2014, featuring photographs of founding and current members of the Society, fundraising materials, events and objects. It was curated by Ladies’ Samaritan Society volunteers, who have provided invaluable support to Queen Square Archives over many years. Please see Exhibition Handout on Displays and Events page for further details.


Manhandling the brain: Psychiatric neurosurgery in the mid-20th century

2016 marked 75 years since the first UK pre-frontal leucotomy, a procedure introduced in Portugal in 1935. Over the next 30 years 70,000 people with psychiatric problems were operated on. This art/historical project by Ken Barrett explored these events, alongside their healthcare and academic context. The installation was held in Queen Square Library June-September 2016. Please see exhibition handout for further information.


National Hospital Annual Reports

Annual reports of the National Hospital (1860-1947). See also IoN Annual Reports from 1988 which are joint reports with the National Hospital. PDFs of the Reports can be downloaded via the “Request a copy” link within each Record.


National Hospital Board minutes

Board of Management minutes from 1859-1948 (search inside only works from 1926 onwards)


National Hospital Committee minutes

Selected Committee minutes up to 1947, including Medical Committee, Medical School Committee, Massage and Electrical School Committee, Building Committee, House Committee


National Hospital, Queen Square: From Research to Patient

Photographic exhibition held in South Cloisters, UCL Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London, Monday 9 September - Friday 1st November 2013.


National newsletter

The National newsletter issues 1 - 37. Newsletter of the National Brain Appeal (formerly the National Hospital Development Foundation). Subsequent issues are available at: PDFs of the newsletters can be downloaded via the “Request a copy” link within each Record.


NHS at 70: Celebrating the achievements of Queen Square

This exhibition, which includes photographs, objects and documents from Queen Square Archives, will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square from August – December 2018. Please see exhibition handout for further information.


Photographs in Queen Mary Wing, National Hospital

Selected photographs from Queen Square Archives which are on display in the corridors of the ground floor of Queen Mary Wing, depicting Queen Square, and its buildings and staff, from the 19th century to the 1950s.


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