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RefNo NHNN
Title The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Date1 1859-c1980
StorageSite UCL Institute of Neurology
Level Collection
CreatorName The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
AdminHistory The Hospital was founded in 1859 under the title of The National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Johanna Chandler, her sister Louisa Chandler and their brother Edward Chandler, who decided to raise funds to provide for the care and treatment of those suffering from paralysis and epilepsy. They were substantially helped by David Wire, Lord Mayor of London, who became the first Chairman of the Hospital's Board of Management, and who used his influence to stimulate interest in the new institution among members of wealthy City companies. No 24 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, was acquired as the site of the new hospital, and it opened in 1860, subsequently acquiring adjoining properties in the square as its premises expanded. It was familiarly known as the National Hospital. In 1869 two houses were purchased at East Finchley for use as a convalescent home. There were two major stages in the extension of the Hospital in the nineteenth century. A new wing on a site at Powis Place, a small cul-de-sac to the east of Queen Square, was opened in 1881 by Princess Christian, after whom the wing was named; while the redevelopment of that part of the Hospital fronting Queen Square was completed in 1885 and opened by the Prince of Wales as a memorial to his late brother, the Duke of Albany. Under the National Health Service Act, 1948, the National Hospital was amalgamated with Maida Vale Hospital to form The National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases, under a new Board of Governors.
Description The archives of The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) include records detailing the establishment and administration of the Hospital, financial records, records relating to events and fund-raising, health records, nursing records, staff records, property records, and many photographs and press cuttings. Photographs and other images can be found mainly in the NHNN/P section, but are also widely scattered throughout the Collection. Unless indicated 'Hospital' refers to the National Hospital, Queen Square.


Related archives held elsewhere:

Ballance, Sir Charles: Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS)

Bastian, Henry Charlton: The Royal Society, Wellcome Library

Brown-Séquard, Charles Edouard: Royal College of Physicians of England and Wales (RCP)

Buzzard, Sir Edward Farquhar: Bodleian Library

Ferrier, Sir David: King's College London, Royal College of Physicians of England and Wales (RCP)

Gowers, Sir William Richard: The Royal Society, University College London (UCL), Wellcome Library

Horsley, Sir Victor: Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), University College London (UCL), Wellcome Library

Risien Russell, James Samuel: Museum of Central Africa, Brussels, H M Stanley papers, letters

Symonds, Sir Charles: Wellcome Library

Walshe, Sir Francis Martin Rouse: Royal College of Physicians of England and Wales (RCP), University College London (UCL)

Warrington, Elizabeth: Wellcome Library.

Repository GB 2102
AccessStatus Certain restrictions apply
AccessConditions The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.
ReproductionConditions Photocopies/photographs/microfilm are supplied for private research only at the Archivist's discretion. Please note that material may be unsuitable for copying on conservation grounds, and that photographs cannot be photocopied in any circumstances. Researchers who wish to publish material must seek copyright permission from the copyright owner.
CatalogueStatus Catalogued
PersonKey Chandler; Edward Henry; philanthropist
Chandler; Johanna (1820-1875); philanthropist
Chandler; Louisa; philanthropist
Wire; David Williams (1801-1860); solicitor

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