New and interesting

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Floor cloth incorporating the National Hospital logo

This floor cloth is displayed as part of the Scottish design gallery at the V&A Dundee.

New display

Queen Square: Clinical specialties at the National Hospital: beyond neurology and neurosurgery

Drawing on Chapter 10 of Queen Square: A History of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology – this display covers psychiatry, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology and neuro-anaesthetics in Queen Square.

The display is launched on 19th November to coincide with the national Explore Your Archives campaign. The display includes photographs, objects and documents from the Queen Square Library and Archives and will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square until February 2020.

Please see exhibition handout for further information.

Future displays will feature additional specialties, including further chapters of Queen Square: A History of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology

Images from The National Society for Epilepsy archives

Photographs from our recent exhibition The National Society for Epilepsy & the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy: 125 years on have been digitised and added to the website. With many thanks to Nicola Swanborough and her colleagues at the Epilepsy Society for their help and support in curating the exhibition, and to George Kaim for digitising the photographs.

D for Diagnosis series on Radio 4

Friday 12th July: What’s in a Name? Neurasthenia and homosexuality were both once classified as mental illness. Claudia Hammond reports on ever-changing labels and considers how today’s diagnoses will be seen in the future.

From the library of the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, Professor Sir Simon Wessely, former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, revisits original case notes of British soldiers in World War One who had been diagnosed with the newly emerged condition of shellshock. Shellshock affected hundreds of thousands of troops across Europe and Claudia discusses with Simon why this novel diagnosis became the predominant explanation for traumatic suffering at that particular time.

Available on BBC iPlayer(15-21mins)

IMPACT! Brain Injuries and WWI

The Headway Cambridgeshire Research Group have been investigating the types of brain injuries sustained by soldiers in World War One, the treatments they received, the doctors who treated them, and the hospitals where they received treatments, including visiting Queen Square Archives. Visit the Headway Cambridgeshire website for further information.

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

a definitive history of both The National Hospital and the Institute from 1860 to 1997, authored by Simon Shorvon, Alastair Compston, Andrew Lees, Michael Clark, and Martin Rossor. Available to purchase online with all proceeds of sales going to the National Brain Appeal.

We’re delighted to be able to offer a discounted rate of £48 for staff at UCLH and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology staff and students. To claim this discount, please email or visit Queen Square Library with your ID card (please note: we can only accept cash payments in the Library).

Photos from the launch, 20th November 2018

Book reviews
* Brain
* Lancet Neurology
* Clinical and Translational Neuroscience

Recent donations

Book of photographs of NHNN, focusing on the Postgraduate School of Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing class of 1963. Donated by Nancy Merson (nee Wheaton) who was a member of the 1963 class. The book is available for reference in the Library upon request, and photographs have been added to our website.

WWI’s Secret Shame: Shell Shocked : 12th November, 9-10pm, BBC2

In this programme, which features footage and materials from Queen Square Archives, Dan Snow discovers how the shell shock of WW1 has evolved into the cases of PTSD that modern soldiers suffer with today. Delving into previously unseen archives he reveals the difficult history of how Britain has reacted to the psychological consequences of warfare. Dan interviewed Stefanie Linden, author of They Called it Shell Shock which draws heavily on our Archives, as part of the programme. Box of Broadcasts (from 7mins) (UCL (or other institutional) password required for access)

Gowers’ sketchbooks

We have recently digitised several Gowers’ sketchbooks from the late 19th century, many of which are now available online. The sketchbooks include detailed drawings of St Ives, Dover, and Southwold, as well as collections of drawings of figures, and some watercolour landscapes. With many thanks to Rebecca Gowers for loaning these to the Archives.

Gowers’ shorthand diaries

We are delighted to have received a transcription of Gowers’ shorthand diaries which has been diligently transcribed by Ann Scott. Two hard copies are available in the Library.

*PDF version
*Interactive version

This includes two diaries kept while he was a medical apprentice and a great deal of detail about daily life in Coggeshall, Essex, in the 1860s. The most interesting of the entries were incorporated into the following book: William Richard Gowers 1845-1915, Exploring the Victorian Brain Ann Scott, Mervyn Eadie, and Andrew Lees. OUP, 2012.

Older news

Extensive collection of Gowers correspondence and children’s journals digitised

Patient 39 - PATIENT 39 is a short film adaptation of William Boyd’s short story ‘Ghost of a Bird’, starring Mark Bazeley and Alfie Stewart. Accompanying articles by Professor Andrew Lees

Here are a few ways of exploring interesting items from the archives:

Please also see our Items for Sale page