The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Laboratories, Mill Hill, London

A large research complex in London with hundreds of laboratories and a grand entrance. The facility utilised animal testing to develop medical treatments.

National Institute for Medical Research, London
 

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Founded in 1913, the Medical Research Council was established to set up a central research institute in London. They acquired premises at Hampstead’s Mount Vernon Hospital and formed the National Institute for Medical Research. They remained there until a decision was made in the 1930s to relocate to new premises. An imposing copper-roofed building at Mill Hill was designed by Maxwell Ayrton, and construction began in 1937.

NIMR finally moved after the war into the new premises in 1949. Under the leadership of Sir Charles Harington, achievements included the development of gas chromatography and the discovery of interferon. Sir Arnold Burgen took over in 1971 who had an interest in nuclear magnetic resonance techniques and formed the MRC Biomedical NMR Centre at the Institute in 1980.

In 2003, as part of their Forward Investment Strategy, the MRC announced plans to consider moving NIMR from its current location to a university/medical school site, to enhance its ability “to translate its biomedical research into practical health outcomes.” The construction of the new NIMR facility began in July 2011. The new centre is to be called the Francis Crick Institute.

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Front of the large main building

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Front of the large main building

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Inside the main entrance

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Inside the main entrance

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Main entrance and corridor

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Main entrance and corridor

NIMR - Main staircase

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NIMR – Main staircase

NIMR - Smaller staircase

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NIMR – Smaller staircase

NIMR - One of the many corridors

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NIMR – One of the many corridors

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Lab with fume cupboard

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Lab with fume cupboard

National Institute for Medical Research, London - One of the many labs

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – One of the many labs

National Institute for Medical Research, London - There were hundreds of similar labs

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – There were hundreds of similar labs

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Nude medium, whatever that might be

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Nude medium, whatever that might be

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Warning signs in lab

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Warning signs in lab

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Cabinet for dissection of mice

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Cabinet for dissection of mice

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Notice detail

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Notice detail

Things I've done in this corridor: - Dissected testicles - Spilled Phenol Chloroform - Vomited - Bought things from Amazon.co.uk - Said to someone "Your testes are blue!!" - Who put the blue gonads next to my brain? - Spent Christmas eve and day in the tissue culture rooms - ...and oh yeah... Spent 5 years doing a PHD (I actually did) & >5 hours defending it!!!

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Things I’ve done in this corridor: – Dissected testicles – Spilled Phenol Chloroform – Vomited – Bought things from Amazon.co.uk – Said to someone “Your testes are blue!!” – Who put the blue gonads next to my brain? – Spent Christmas eve and day in the tissue culture rooms – …and oh yeah… Spent 5 years doing a PHD (I actually did) & >5 hours defending it!!!

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Main library

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Main library

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Another view of the library

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Another view of the library

NIMR - Safe in the basement

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NIMR – Safe in the basement

NIMR - Refectory

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NIMR – Refectory

National Institute for Medical Research, London - Phone panorama showing the whole large building

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National Institute for Medical Research, London – Phone panorama showing the whole large building

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