Compilations - selected from the archives by our staff

Queen Square and the surrounding area

This is a compilation of images from the archives relating to Queen Square, the gardens and the Bloomsbury area. The collection contains images of familiar streets, lost views and forgotten buildings. See also for more information about the Bloomsbury area of London.


Queen Square at Work and Play

A photographic retrospective of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery held in Queen Square Library, Summer 2013: includes photographs and artefacts highlighting the work-related activities and achievements of Queen Square staff and patients, as well as fundraising publicity and events, and images of Queen Square patients and staff enjoying the success of the latter.


Queen Square: a journey through its buildings & institutions

This exhibition, which ran in Queen Square Library April- August 2015, featured photographs, objects, plans and maps from Queen Square Archives, reflecting the Square’s history from the early 18th century to the present day.
Please see the exhibition handout at for further information.


Queen Square: A History of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology

This exhibition, which includes source material for the above book, including photographs, objects and documents from Queen Square Archives, ran in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square from January -March 2019. Please see exhibition handout for further information.


Teaching in Queen Square: from Brown-Sequard’s outpatient lectures to distance learning

This exhibition ran in Queen Square Library from August - November 2015, features photographs, objects, and documents from Queen Square Archives, highlighting teaching in the Square from the 19th century to the present day. Please see exhibition handout at: for further information.


Victor Horsley: a continuing legacy: commemorating the centenary of Horsley’s death

Exhibition commemorating the centenary of the death of Sir Victor Horsley was launched during Explore your Archives week (19th-27th November 2016) and ran in Queen Square Library until February 2017. It featured photographs, objects, and documents from Queen Square Archives and UCL Special Collections


WAVECRAFT: Two pioneers of EEG and their world

90 years ago Hans Berger discovered the brain’s ‘alpha’ rhythm. A decade later William Grey Walter set up the first EEG lab in the UK before becoming a leading light in the field. This exhibition tells their story, through made and found objects and images, archive material and text. This exhibition was curated by Ken Barrett, and was held in Queen Square Library May-July 2018, and RSM Library August-November 2018. Please see exhibition handout and exhibition booklet for further information.


Women in Queen Square

Exhibition celebrating the centenary of Votes for Women in the UK, to be held in Queen Square Library February-April 2018, featuring photographs, objects, and documents from Queen Square Archives and UCL Special Collections. Please see our exhibition handouts for further information - including those on the early years of the National, Ladies Samaritan and Sir Victor Horsley. See the UCL Vote 100 website for programme of further exhibitions, talks etc marking the centenary.


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