Recent donations

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In addition to the gifts below, we have recently digitised an extensive collection of correspondence, children’s journals and stories addressed to or written by Sir William Gowers, mainly written in the late 19th century, which were on loan from the Gowers family. The digitised files of letters are available upon request or to view in the Library, while we obtain appropriate permissions to make these available online. Correspondents include Kipling, Lister, Jenner, and Hughlings Jackson, writing on a variety of topics, along with numerous letters of congratulations on Gowers’s knighthood. An inventory of these is available on request. The Children’s Journals are available online.

Queen Square Archive are delighted to have received the following donations:

September 2016

Sir Victor Horsley photographs
Fourteen photos donated by the Horsley family, including Horsley and colleagues, Horsley in uniform, group photographs and Horsley’s grave; Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

September 2016

IoN Education Unit materials
Alumni newsletters, teaching programmes, student group photographs and inaugural lecture correspondence. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

July 2016

Sir Walter Morley Fletcher’s collection of World War 1 case notes, 1915-1917
Sir Walter Morley Fletcher was a physiologist and the first Secretary of the Medical Research Council. He collected these case notes, which were sent to him by various physicians, in his role for the Committee for the Medical History of the War.
The case notes record information including the name, age, rank, regiment, civilian address, patient’s conditions/injuries, and in some cases diagrams and drawings reflecting these. Also includes reports. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

January 2016

Original article manuscript with hand coloured plates by Dr Charles Beevor from a landmark 1909 paper : On the Distribution of the Different Arteries Supplying the Human Brain. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Includes related correspondence and articles. Donated by Professor Alastair Compston. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

Oil painting by Sophie Gresswell donated by the National Brain Appeal. The painting, It’s Not Brain Surgery (Mind-Blown) was completed at a paint-a-thon at The National Hospital. Available to view in the Library by appointment.

December 2015

Papers, photographs and objects relating to the history of nursing education at the National Hospital, including: course handbooks; nursing certificates; annual reports; recruitment material ; files of correspondence and lecture notes, including Matron Ling and Sister Rubin ; diagrams and plans; video material; photographs of students, Queen Square buildings and equipment; brooches. Donated by Thomas Aird. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

November 2015

Device for making embossed Maida Vale Hospital logos. Donated via the Joint Research Office, UCL. Available to view in the Library.

July 2015

One file of Queen Square correspondence and research information belonging to Sir Victor Horsley, donated by Sophia Heseltine. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

February 2015

Over 40 volumes of operation books (including ones bound by surgeon, e.g. McKissock) from National Hospital theatres department. Covering 1940s-1990s. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of a case note request form (subject to authorisation).

January 2015

Glass plaques featuring the National Hospital logo and the Institute of Neurology logo, and a painting of Sir Geoffrey Jefferson. Donated by the National Brain Appeal. Available to view in the Library by appointment on completion of an access request form.

August 2014

Framed honorary degree awarded by the previous King of Italy to Hughlings Jackson. Elaborate parchment in Latin. The degree was awarded during the Octocentenary Festival of the University of Bologna, June 1888. Accompanied by the great seal of Bologna University. Donated by George Harwood. On display in the Louise Shepherd Room in Queen Square Library.

Meryvn Peake’s case notes from the National Hospital, donated by Andrew Lees. The material has been catalogued, and is available to view in the Library by appointment, on completion of a case note request form (subject to authorisation).

Box of black and white and colour photographs donated by National Brain Appeal, including Princess Diana and other royal visits, Institute of Neurology and National Hospital staff and volunteers, both group and individual photographs. These have been digitised and are available to view in the Library by appointment, or upon completion of an image request form.

March 2014

A set of old laboratory scales, which were used in the Maida Vale laboratory since it opened in the late 1940s, donated by Professor Tamas Revesz. This is on display in the Modern Classics room in Queen Square Library.

September 2013

Photographs, drawings and plans of Queen Square, East Finchley and Maida Vale buildings from 1890s-1960s, along with a banner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the hospital, and a National Hospital plaque, all donated by Derek Mason.

Includes 12 black and white photos of Queen Square buildings in the 1960s, 20 colour photos of the chapel which was at No.33 Queen Square, 8 drawings of East Finchley in 1997, over 20 plans of East Finchley from 1890s-1920s, 11 bound plans of Queen Mary Wing from 1930s, 2 plans of National Hospital buildings in Queen Square from 1930s, 1 plan of Maida Vale buildings from 1916.

The above materials have been catalogued and are available to view in the Library via appointment on completion of an access request form. National Hospital plans have been digitised and some are available on the Queen Square Archives website

Please contact neuroarchives@ucl.ac.uk for further details.