New funding to preserve unique Queen Square archive

31 January 2012

The Gowers Library in 1951


The Queen Square Library has been awarded a grant of £82k from the Wellcome Trust to catalogue and preserve the collections of case notes and films held as part of the Queen Square Archive. The library is jointly funded by UCL Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Significant work on the archives has already been carried out as part of the recent £1m refurbishment of the Library, funded by the National Brain Appeal and the Brain Research Trust, which included the creation of a base for the archives of the National Hospital and a museum.  A web site is now available providing access to results of the work carried out to date. 

An anatomical model from the 1850's. Used in the hospital and now on display in the library

This new funding will complete the process, and allow for cataloguing and preservation of the internationally important case note collections, the digitisation of approximately 1800 films dating from the 1940’s, as well as funding extensive preservation of all of the Hospital’s unique archival collections. 

An original drawing by Gowers. Part of a collection held in the archives.

More information about the Queen Square Library, resources, services and collections is at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/library





Links:

Queen Square Archives

Wellcome Trust

National Brain Appeal 

Brain Research Trust