New and interesting

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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 info@nationalbrainappeal.org 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

Next exhibition

Our next display will be based on the book, and will include source materials, such as photographs, objects and documents from Queen Square Archives. It will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square from 18th December-March 2019.

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. BBC iplayer (from 7mins); Box of Broadcasts (UCL 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.

Latest exhibition

NHS at 70: Celebrating the achievements of Queen Square
The exhibition which includes photographs, objects and documents from Queen Square Archives will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square until 14th December 2018. This exhibition is dedicated to Annie Lindsay, UCLH Archivist (2004-2018).

Please see exhibition handout and selected image compilation for further information.

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.

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*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