Displays and events

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Current exhibition

“The National Society for Epilepsy and the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy: 125 years on”. Launched to coincide with Purple Day on 26th March, the exhibition includes photographs, objects and documents from the Epilepsy Society Archives and will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square until June 2019. Please see exhibition handout for further information.

With many thanks to Nicola Swanborough and her colleagues at the Epilepsy Society for their help and support in curating the exhibition.

Queen Square - Camden and the Zenith of Neurology : Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 7.15pm (Doors open at 6.45pm)

Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, 2nd Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA
Illustrated talk on the intriguing history of the National Hospital Queen Square, and its impact on world neurology and on Camden Speaker: Professor Simon Shorvon, Professor of Clinical Neurology and author of the book: Queen Square : a history of the National Hospital and its institute of neurology.
Admission Free. Please contact sarah.lawson@ucl.ac.uk for further information

Next exhibition

Encephalitis Lethargica: centennial lessons from the epidemic Launched to coincide with 25th anniversary of the Encephalitis Society in June 2019, the exhibition will include photographs, objects and documents from the Queen Square Library and Archives and will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square until October 2019.

The launch of Queen Square: A History of the National Hospital and its Institute of Neurology on 20th November 2018

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.

Photos from the launch

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)

Opening Hours

You can visit to see our displays in person : usually Monday - Friday 9am-7pm (last entry 6pm). Please see our opening hours page for changes to our opening over the coming weeks. Please bring some provide proof of identity (e.g. driving licence or bank card) with you, and sign in at the Library desk on the 1st floor.

Previous exhibitions:

Please see our compilations page to view some of the earlier displays, selected handouts from which are linked below:

Other Queen Square related exhibitions

Silvering the Cerebrum

Library, museum and archive refurbishment generously supported by the Brain Research UK and the National Brain Appeal.