Bethlem Heritage

Bethlem Heritage Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems. It is based at the original 'Bedlam', one of the world's oldest hospitals for treating mental illness.
The Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum was established in 1967 as the Archives Department of the Bethlem Royal Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital. It now houses art and historical collections spanning many centuries which are of unique interest and importance in the field of mental health. These include the archives of Bethlem Hospital (the original 'Bedlam', founded in 1247) and the Maudsley and Warlingham Park Hospitals; an outstanding collection of paintings and drawings, including works by Richard Dadd, Louis Wain, Jonathan Martin, and William Kurelek; the statues of 'Raving and Melancholy Madness' from the gates of 17th century Bethlem; and many other documents and artefacts of historic and artistic significance.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
01/01/2015
Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind opened in Feb 2015, and displays the history of mental healthcare and treatment. There is no charge for entry.

Bethlem Heritage
26/08/2014

Bethlem Heritage

Untitled Album
26/08/2014

Untitled Album

Bethlem’s blog has moved! http://wp.me/pTVV2-WO
12/08/2014
Bethlem's blog has moved!

Bethlem’s blog has moved! http://wp.me/pTVV2-WO

Things on the blog have been a bit quiet recently while we have been in the process of integrating the blog directly into our new website. The blog can now be found here museumofthemind.org.uk To keep up to date with our blog and any events we have setup… [ 97 more words. ]

Read the latest installment of: We Are Not Amused VII
22/07/2014
We Are Not Amused VII

Read the latest installment of: We Are Not Amused VII

Guest blogger Dr Nick Hervey continues his series of posts on ‘…Insane Persons and others who have come under the cognizance of the Police Force for offences against H.M. Queen Victoria…’ Several of those mentioned in the police file were in fact tailed… [ 916 more words. ]

20/07/2014
Bromley Heritage and Arts Forum - BHAF

Bromley Heritage and Arts Forum - BHAF

Would anyone like to come forward as a volunteer and help us administer this forum? Anyone with maybe 1 day a month to help produce email updates, produce meeting minutes etc. We meet every 3 months. Please let us know if you are interested.

See the next in the series, A Rake's Progress III
16/07/2014
A Rake's Progress III

See the next in the series, A Rake's Progress III

Bethlem’s most famous fictional patient is probably Tom Rakewell, the creation of the artist and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764). A Rake’s Progress, a series of paintings (later published as engravings) depicting scenes from Tom’s life, was Hogarth’s… [ 319 more words. ]

Virtual Book Club VI http://wp.me/pTVV2-WE
14/07/2014
Virtual Book Club VI

Virtual Book Club VI http://wp.me/pTVV2-WE

Thanks to Education and Outreach Officer, Caroline Smith, for this month’s reviews of ‘The Quickening Maze’ by Adam Foulds. Adam Foulds’s prose in this fictionalised account of the lives of the inmates at the private High Beach… [ 853 more words. ]

A Maze of Possibilities II
08/07/2014
A Maze of Possibilities II

A Maze of Possibilities II

In the second of our responses to William Kurelek’s The Maze the artist commented: ….His piece inspired me to take the idea of the skull and adapt it but to my own thoughts. The skull represents me as a person, but in a dead and empty state. The maze… [ 132 more words. ]

Read this month's In the Frame for July 2014 from guest blogger, Jenni Lidyard
01/07/2014
In the Frame for July 2014

Read this month's In the Frame for July 2014 from guest blogger, Jenni Lidyard

This month’s ‘In The Frame’ is kindly contributed by reader Jenni Lidyard, who looks at Valerie Potter’s, ‘Untitled’. Bethlem’s collection has several pieces by Valerie Potter, including an untitled painting that… [ 833 more words. ]

Read about another exciting object in our collection in Object Lesson II http://wp.me/pTVV2-W8
26/06/2014
Object Lesson II

Read about another exciting object in our collection in Object Lesson II http://wp.me/pTVV2-W8

Thanks to U3A volunteer, Peter Charles, for sharing his research on the Sports Cup. I think that one of the most fascinating things about this project from me has been how the objects that I have researched lead onto questions beyond those simply of the… [ 716 more words. ]

Opening next week at the Bethlem Gallery! Martha Orbach exhibition: 2-25 July 2014
24/06/2014
New exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery: this skin we're in

Opening next week at the Bethlem Gallery! Martha Orbach exhibition: 2-25 July 2014

this skin we’re in By Martha Orbach We’re making tea amidst the rubble. The house is feeling fragile. If you yell the walls tremble and let the light in. this skin we’re in is a new story project about daily life in the aftermath of disaster set in the… [ 150 more words. ]

Volunteer opportunity http://wp.me/pTVV2-W5
17/06/2014
Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer opportunity http://wp.me/pTVV2-W5

We’re looking for a volunteer research assistant - are you interested? Volunteer Research Assistant ‘Mansions in the Orchard’: Space, Architecture and Asylum in the ‘Care in the Community’ Era The Research Assistant will help to explore… [ 294 more words. ]

We Are Not Amused VI http://wp.me/pTVV2-VB
17/06/2014
We Are Not Amused VI

We Are Not Amused VI http://wp.me/pTVV2-VB

Here is the sixth in a series of 12 posts by guest blogger Dr Nick Hervey sharing his research on a police file on ‘…Insane Persons and others who have come under the cognizance of the Police Force for offences against H.M. Queen Victoria…’ The monitoring… [ 787 more words. ]

A Rake’s Progress II http://wp.me/pTVV2-Vg
16/06/2014
A Rake's Progress II

A Rake’s Progress II http://wp.me/pTVV2-Vg

Bethlem’s most famous fictional patient is probably Tom Rakewell, the creation of the artist and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764). A Rake’s Progress, a series of paintings (later published as engravings) depicting scenes from Tom’s life, was Hogarth’s… [ 197 more words. ]

Read our latest review of 'Mrs Dalloway' in Virtual Book Club V http://wp.me/pTVV2-W0
11/06/2014
Virtual Book Club V

Read our latest review of 'Mrs Dalloway' in Virtual Book Club V http://wp.me/pTVV2-W0

Thanks to our Development Officer, Sarah Chaney, for this month’s book review of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Mrs Dalloway’. Biographers have long been interested in representations of madness in Virginia Woolf’s work. In part, this reflects… [ 979 more words. ]

A Maze of Possibilities I http://wp.me/pTVV2-VI
09/06/2014
A Maze of Possibilities I

A Maze of Possibilities I http://wp.me/pTVV2-VI

During a recent visit to Hayes School, A Level students discussed identity and how artists might represent their inner thoughts. They examined a number of works from the Bethlem Collection including The Maze by William Kurelek, who was our Artist in Focus… [ 271 more words. ]

This month's 'In the Frame' comes from @PallantGallery. Catch their Stanley Spencer exhibition before 15 June!
04/06/2014
In the Frame for June 2014

This month's 'In the Frame' comes from @PallantGallery. Catch their Stanley Spencer exhibition before 15 June!

This month’s ‘In the Frame’ goes on holiday to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, where Assistant Curator, Katy Norris, writes about their current exhibition of Stanley Spencer artworks. The exhibition runs until 15 June 2014. When… [ 666 more words. ]

Object Lessons I http://wp.me/pTVV2-Vu
03/06/2014
Object Lessons I

Object Lessons I http://wp.me/pTVV2-Vu

Thanks to U3A volunteer, Peter Charles, for starting us off with an interesting insight into the history of the nit comb. The museum collection at Bethlem Royal Hospital contains many small artifacts linked to the everyday life of the Hospital over the… [ 767 more words. ]

Calling all Actors! http://wp.me/pTVV2-VM
30/05/2014
Calling all Actors!

Calling all Actors! http://wp.me/pTVV2-VM

Are you interested in acting? Or being a part of our new museum? We are looking for up to 30 people to help us with a short filming project about the different reasons people have visited Bethlem Hospital, both historically and today. We have sourced… [ 74 more words. ]

Here's the latest update from out Mansions in the Orchard project!
29/05/2014
Mansions in the Orchard

Here's the latest update from out Mansions in the Orchard project!

(C) Max Reeves Project historian Jennifer Walke recently attended several conferences to present some preliminary findings from the Mansions in the Orchard project. This included the ‘History of Medicine in Practice’ at Uppsala University and ‘Alternative… [ 541 more words. ]

Why not take a peek at our new series, Object Lessons?
27/05/2014
Object Lessons: Introduction

Why not take a peek at our new series, Object Lessons?

Over a period of 12 weeks, volunteer researchers from the University of the Third Age (U3A) have been delving into the past of some of the museum’s collection of artefacts. At the end of the project, participants organised a final presentation to museum… [ 104 more words. ]

Here's an interesting post from our friends at Outside In, talking about the Surgery Day the held at the Bethlem Gallery...
26/05/2014
Surgery Day at Bethlem

Here's an interesting post from our friends at Outside In, talking about the Surgery Day the held at the Bethlem Gallery.

Reblogged from: Outside In Blog

Here's the last in our series: The Advertisement Archive IX
22/05/2014
The Advertisement Archive IX

Here's the last in our series: The Advertisement Archive IX

This is the last in our series of stray advertisements from the Journal of Mental Science in the 1930s and 1940s. It is an appropriate partner to the ECT advertisement we posted last month , having been published at a time (1943) when debate still raged…

New exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery: http://wp.me/pTVV2-Vm
21/05/2014
New exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery:

New exhibition at the Bethlem Gallery: http://wp.me/pTVV2-Vm

Hand to Mind From artists and pharmacists to gardeners and nurses, gestures convey meaning, configure relationships and are in themselves forms of cognition – ways of knowing and being in the world. The exhibition is one outcome of a year-long… [ 117 more words. ]

Read the latest installment of Dr Nick Hervey's 'We Are Not Amused' http://wp.me/pTVV2-UG
20/05/2014
We Are Not Amused V

Read the latest installment of Dr Nick Hervey's 'We Are Not Amused' http://wp.me/pTVV2-UG

Guest blogger Dr Nick Hervey continues to examine the role of the police in Victorian-era royal protection. The ease with which Jones and Cotton had entered Buckingham Palace prompted a keener awareness of the need for strict security, and gave Prince… [ 1061 more words. ]

In the Frame for May 2014 http://wp.me/pTVV2-Va
16/05/2014
In the Frame for May 2014

In the Frame for May 2014 http://wp.me/pTVV2-Va

This month’s ‘In the Frame’ is written by volunteer, Kirsten Hambling. Nick El Fry, Self Portrait as Saint Paul Saint Paul has been depicted by artists throughout history, from Michelangelo and Caravaggio to William Blake. Most of them… [ 448 more words. ]

Visit the blog to see the first in our new series: A Rake’s Progress I
15/05/2014
A Rake’s Progress I

Visit the blog to see the first in our new series: A Rake’s Progress I

Bethlem’s most famous fictional patient is probably Tom Rakewell, the creation of the artist and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764). A Rake’s Progress, a series of paintings (later published as engravings) depicting scenes from Tom’s life, was Hogarth’s… [ 392 more words. ]

Virtual Book Club IV http://wp.me/pTVV2-V3
14/05/2014
Virtual Book Club IV

Virtual Book Club IV http://wp.me/pTVV2-V3

This month’s book review is ‘Faces in the Water’ (1961) by Janet Frame, as reviewed by our volunteer, Kirsten Tambling. Janet Frame wrote some thirteen novels, of which Faces in the Water was the second. She also wrote three… [ 807 more words. ]

CoolTan Arts Stays Up Lates at the Science Museum, @cooltan4 @sciencemuseum
13/05/2014
CoolTan Arts Stays Up Lates at the Science Museum

CoolTan Arts Stays Up Lates at the Science Museum, @cooltan4 @sciencemuseum

The end of April saw the launch of a book and DVD celebrating CoolTan Arts’ recent project with the Science Museum. From Summer 2013 until January 2014, volunteers from CoolTan Arts led the Largactyl Shuffle around the Science Museum LATES, covering… [ 358 more words. ]

08/05/2014

Very excited to be going to the launch of the Mental Health Museum in Wakefield tonight! Looking forward to seeing the results of all their hard work.

Musically Minded – upcoming events http://wp.me/pTVV2-UQ
07/05/2014
Musically Minded - upcoming events

Musically Minded – upcoming events http://wp.me/pTVV2-UQ

London-based readers may be interested in one or both of these upcoming events: The Anxiety Fanfare Concert on 12 June 2014 featuring the Maudsley-based Mind and Soul Choir (part of the Anxiety Arts Festival ). Songs from the Asylum on 3 July 2014 at St… [ 24 more words. ]

Biology, Psychology and Identity: What Makes Your Gender? Go and see @GIyouthgroup display @ScienceMuseum, extended to J...
06/05/2014
Biology, Psychology and Identity: What Makes Your Gender?

Biology, Psychology and Identity: What Makes Your Gender? Go and see @GIyouthgroup display @ScienceMuseum, extended to June 2014

In 1911, physician Frederick Parkes Weber published a paper reflecting on the relation of the “tertiary sex characteristics” to mental health. By this term, Weber meant the psychological traits that tended to be associated (by him and other doctors)… [ 382 more words. ]

Caption This IV http://wp.me/pTVV2-UA
30/04/2014
Caption This IV

Caption This IV http://wp.me/pTVV2-UA

Last month’s painting, which can be found here, was ‘Two Horses’ by an anonymous artist. Here is the fourth painting in this series and we are looking for your comments on how you might caption this work. Details of the painting will be…

Imma Maddox – Ikons http://wp.me/pTVV2-Uq
28/04/2014
Imma Maddox - Ikons

Imma Maddox – Ikons http://wp.me/pTVV2-Uq

Throughout May 2014, Bethlem Gallery artist Imma Maddox will display her ikons in St Giles Church, Camberwell (Church Street, SE5), for the second year running. Imma says of her ikons that they are ‘not traditional at all except that they are made… [ 170 more words. ]

We Are Not Amused IV http://wp.me/pTVV2-U6
24/04/2014
We Are Not Amused IV

We Are Not Amused IV http://wp.me/pTVV2-U6

We Are Not Amused IV Dr Nick Hervey examines the historic role of the police in royal protection in the fourth in a series of twelve guest posts. The police (or rather, the Bow Street Runners) had a long history of involvement with royalty,…

Take a look at the latest exhibition at Bethlem Gallery: The Silence of Sawn Wood
23/04/2014
New exhibition at Bethlem Gallery: The Silence of Sawn Wood

Take a look at the latest exhibition at Bethlem Gallery: The Silence of Sawn Wood

The Silence of Sawn Wood by Phil Baird The exhibition presents a selection of paintings, drawings, prints and collages combining the artist’s poetic use of materials and his fascination with the imagined landscape. Phil’s work includes story telling and… [ 30 more words. ]

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