Displays and events

We are delighted to announce the installation of our new exhibition:
Manhandling the brain: Psychiatric neurosurgery in the mid-20th century.
The exhibition will run in Queen Square Library, 1st Floor, 23 Queen Square until 22nd September 2016.

2016 marks 75 years since the first UK pre-frontal leucotomy, a procedure introduced in Portugal in 1935. Over the next 30 years 70,000 people with psychiatric problems were operated on. This art/historical project explores these events, alongside their healthcare and academic context.

Exhibition handout

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About the curator
Ken Barrett migrated to the art world from NHS neuropsychiatry. He gained an MA in fine art at Falmouth University and has since exhibited work in a variety of media and settings. More information is available at: www.kenbarrettstudio.co.uk

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.

Previous exhibitions:

A Letter in Mind : a unique art event with all proceeds going directly to the National Brain Appeal. Full gallery of works

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

*Embroidered Minds: William Gowers & the Morris Family
*Teaching in Queen Square: from Brown-Sequard’s outpatient lectures to distance learning
* Queen Square: a journey through its buildings & institutions
* First World War at the National
* The Beginning of the End of the Falling Sickness: Epilepsy and its treatment in London 1860-1910
* The founding and early years of the National Hospital, Queen Square
* Gowers, the artist. Sir William Richard Gowers FRS, 1845-1915
* Ladies’ Samaritan Society 1860-2014
* The National Hospital, Queen Square: From Research to Patient
* Queen Square: at Work and Play

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