We’re delighted to launch a series of archive film footage.

In Town Tonight: a fundraising film for the National Hospital, Queen Square

This film features a young patient who travelled from Isle of Wight to the National Hospital for a successful operation to remove a neurofibroma from his spinal cord. The film was created to support the National Hospital’s Building Fund and features Christopher Stone . It was shown at a fundraising matinee at the Coliseum in 1937, attended by Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alice and Earl of Athlone, Duke and Duchess of Kent and Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten.

A symposium to mark the 40th Anniversary of the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, 15th November 1988

Films showing Dr Peter Gautier-Smith introducing the occasion and giving a lecture on “The Past 40 years” at the event which celebrated the 40 year affiliation of the National Hospitals Queen Square and Maida Vale. This was followed by Professor Marsden delivering a lecture entitled “ The Next 40 Years”.
* Dr Gautier Smith : introducing the Symposium
* Dr Gautier Smith : “The Past 40 years” lecture
* Professor Marsden : “ The Next 40 Years” lecture.

Dr James Purdon Martin

Series of films depicting Dr James Purdon Martin and his research into patients with post-encephalitic Parkinsonism at the Highlands Hospital, Winchmore Hill in the 1960s.
* A film on balance and posture in patients with post-encephalitic Parkinsonism made by Dr James Purdon Martin in the 1960s
* Short film of Dr James Purdon Martin
* Patients with post-encephalitic Parkinson’s Disease at Highlands Hospital in Winchmore Hill in the 1960s
* A film of a patient with marche à petits pas

Film of Queen Square staff in 1930s

We are very grateful to Denis Robertson and Neil Anderson for supplying Queen Square Archives with digitised cine film footage taken by E Graeme Robertson in 1933, and to George Kaim for creating a set of stills below. We hold two DVD copies and one VHS video tape of the footage. We also hold a copy of “E.Graeme Robertson: Physician, Photographer, Preserver” by Denis Robertson. Signed by Denis Robertson, the son of E.Graeme Robertson, and donated via Nadeem Toodayan.

Six minute silent film footage focusing on individual staff members working at the National Hospital in 1933.

A gift to the archives from Nadeem Toodayan; with captions by Nadeem Toodayan, original unedited film donated by Denis Graeme Robertson in 2021.

Five minute silent film footage focusing on individual staff members working at the National Hospital in 1933.

John “Jock” Caughey’s copy of Square video filmed by E. Graeme Robertson. Captions by Professor Andrew Lees with the assistance of Dr Nadeem Toodayan. A gift to the archives from Professor Andrew Lees; original unedited film donated by Dr Neil Anderson in 2012; Neil received the DVD in August 2011 from Jock Caughey’s daughter Patricia Peterson.

Queen Square past doctors

Three minute silent colour film footage focusing on individual staff members working at the National Hospital, many of whom are now household names in the history of neurology. Includes footage in Queen Square, at home, and overseas. Taken by E. Graeme Robertson in the 1950s. Captions by Professor Andrew Lees with the assistance of Dr Nadeem Toodayan.

National Hospital, Queen Square, 1949

This two minute B&W film features the National Hospital, Queen Square in 1949, shortly after the formation of the NHS. It shows a laboratory, outpatients waiting room and views of the Hospital entrance. An edited film from the British Pathe collection with captions by Professor Andrew Lees.

Queen Square: A Mike Dineen-Bedford Productions Film for the National Hospital Development Foundation, 1988

13 minute colour fundraising film featuring patients and staff of the National Hospitals and the Institute of Neurology, including a visit from Diana, Princess of Wales.

Christmas at Queen Square: A film of National Hospital staff and patients celebrating Christmas in 1951

Nine minute silent film footage focusing on nurses’ and patients’ Christmas celebrations in the National Hospital in 1951. Staff featured include Matron Ling, Sir Francis Walshe and Sir Ernest Gowers.

A film of patients with movement disorders made by Samuel Kinnier Wilson in Queen Square, London in the Mid-1920s

The 20-min silent film includes patients with senile tremor, Parkinson’s disease and postencephalitic parkinsonism, hemiballismus, Huntington’s chorea, Sydenham’s chorea, hysterical palsy and tremor, multiple sclerosis, and progressive lenticular degeneration. Created by Samuel Kinnier Wilson, with new captions by Professor Andrew Lees.

Gait : a film of patients with disorders affecting gait made by Dr E.A. Carmichael in Queen Square in 1953

This 32 minute colour film is a classic and remains a fitting memorial to Dr Carmichael (1896-1978) who was Director of the MRC neurological research unit in Queen Square, as well as a physician at the National Hospital. The film includes description and video of patients with defects of muscle, loss of peripheral nerve, damage to spinal cord, disturbance of pyramidal function, defects in sensation, cerebellar disturbance and abnormal movements. It was widely used in teaching until 1969.

Three minute silent film footage of delegates from the National Hospital attending the First International Congress of Neurology, Berne, 1931

Features Gordon Holmes, Greenfield, Purdon Martin, Collier, Adie, Kinnier Wilson, Fergusson, Critchley, Purves Stewart.

Additional archive film footage will be added to a compilation on this website.

Stills from film footage of Queen Square staff in 1930s.

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