The development of the Institute of Naval Medicine can be traced back to 1948 when the Royal Naval Medical School was established in Monckton House, a mid 19th century gentleman’s residence.
In the 1960s and early 1970s the School was developed further as part of the support for Polaris submarines and in 1969 its expanded role was marked by it being re-named the Institute of Naval Medicine. Special to purpose research, training and radiological protection service facilities were built including our controllable environment residential chamber, probably unique in Europe.
The Institute of Naval Medicine is unique in maritime and general occupational health in the United Kingdom in the range of specialised facilities and staff from appropriate disciplines working together on a single site.
The Institute has grown from a modest beginning when it was housed in Monckton House, a fine mid-19th century gentleman’s mansion which now accommodates the Royal Naval Medical Service Historic Library and Collection, comprising books and other documents from the libraries and museums previously housed at the Royal Naval Hospitals Plymouth and Haslar, together with the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service Museum and Archives. It is managed by a specialist librarian who is available to provide advise and assistance to those with an interest in the subject.
An affiliation has been forged with the Worshipful Company of Barber Surgeons to promote the study of the health of the Fleet and history of maritime medicine.