Find thousands of books, manuscripts, visual materials and unpublished archives from our collections, many of them with free online access.

MRC Medical Cyclotron Unit

  • Medical Research Council Medical Cyclotron Unit
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


The collection falls into two parts: committee records relating to the Radium Beam Therapy Research Committee and allied matters, 1933-1945, and extensive material on treatment carried out by the Unit using the radium beam and linear accelerator between 1934 and 1960.



Physical description

63 boxes 4 o/s items 8 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 large box, 5 negative boxes and 1 small box of films in metal cannisters


The collection is divided into sections as follows:

A. Radium Beam Therapy Research Committee

B. Case Registers, etc

Acquisition note

These papers were deposited at the Wellcome Library by the MRC Cyclotron Unit at Hammersmith Hospital in May 1987.

Additional deposits were made in June 2001 and January 2013 and additional papers were deposited by the family of a former staff member in February 2017.

Related material

In the Wellcome Library:

Because much of this work was carried out in conjunction with the Strangeways Research Laboratory, readers are advised to consult the records of that body (SA/SRL) and the papers of F.G. Spear, its Deputy Director (PP/FGS). The papers of Constance A.P. Wood, Director of the MRC Radiotherapeutic Research Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, 1941-1962 (GC/95) and the diaries and correspondence of John Gallop, Senior Engineer on the project durings its development (GC/160) include useful accounts of the evolution of the Cyclotron Unit.

Terms of use

This collection has been partially catalogued and the catalogued part is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records. Requests to view uncatalogued material are considered on a case by case basis. Please contact for more details.

Accruals note

The following is an interim description of material that has been acquired since this collection was catalogued. This description may change when cataloguing takes place in future:

Sixteen boxes of material were received in June 2001 (acc.943), consisting of papers, articles and research reports relating to neutron therapy, radiotherapy, nuclear therapy and x-ray therapy, 1948-1987; and slides, negatives, films and photographs of cyclotrons, staff, graphs, experiments, buildings, equipment, and patients, 1950s-1990s.

One box of material, and one volume were received in January 2013 (acc.1975), consisting of committee minutes and papers, history of the Cyclotron project, photographs, progress reports, and booklets, 1944-1997; a wooden box of glass plates of the cyclotron and its construction; and an outsize photograph album of the building of the cyclotron.

One box of material was received in February 2017 (acc.2340) consisting of some photographs and a book commemorating the Unit's silver jubilee.

Permanent link