Displays and events

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Current exhibition

Encephalitis Lethargica: centennial lessons from the epidemic

Launched to coincide with 25th anniversary of the Encephalitis Society in June 2019, and the event below, the exhibition includes photographs, objects and documents from the Queen Square Library and Archives and will run in Queen Square Library, 23 Queen Square until October 2019. Please see exhibition handout for further information.

Encephalitis Society in partnership with UCL and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Meet the Scientist event Friday 21st June, from 1.30pm
Organised by Dr Michael Zandi, Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer
Gilliatt Lecture Theatre , Queen Square House, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG
Contact m.zandi at ucl.ac.uk

IMPACT! Brain Injuries and WWI and Headway Cambridgeshire’s 30th anniversary

Thursday 4th July, 7pm, Anglia Ruskin University
The Headway Cambridgeshire Research Group have been investigating the types of brain injuries sustained by soldiers in World War One, the treatments they received, the doctors who treated them, and the hospitals where they received treatments, including visiting Queen Square Archives. Visit the Headway Cambridgeshire website for further information.

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.