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200 Years Ago Today 6

10 May 2015
History

On 10 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard how one female patient at Bethlem Hospital had been chained to a wall for five or six years

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200 Years Ago Today 5

09 May 2015
History

On 9 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard a call for improvements to conditions at Bethlem Hospital

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200 Years Ago Today 4

08 May 2015
History

On 8 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry questioned Bethlem Hospital's Steward about the 124 patients under the Hospital's care

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200 Years Ago Today 3

05 May 2015
History

On 5 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard criticism of Bethlem Hospital's newly constructed building at St George's Fields.

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200 Years Ago Today 2

04 May 2015
History

On 4 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard that the only treatment given to patients at Bethlem Hospital was bleeding and purging.

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200 Years Ago Today 1

03 May 2015
History

On 3 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard details of the lengthy legal struggle to obtain the release of James Tilly Matthews from Bethlem Hospital. 

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Object Lesson IX

14 April 2015
Collection

Find out about damage to the Hospital and the experiences of staff and patients during the Second World War.

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Mansions in the Orchard: We need to talk about asylum

16 March 2015
Events

Listen to a debate exploring the shift from asylum to 'care in the community', with perspectives from researchers, service users and mental health professionals.

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Object Lesson VIII

11 March 2015
History, Collection

Creating the Hospital  Air Raid Precaution (ARP) Squad

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Mansions in the Orchard: Impressions of Bethlem (David Beales)

19 February 2015
Personal Accounts

David Beales, an artist and writer who has previously exhibited with the Bethlem Gallery, compares Bethlem to Stone House Hospital.

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Object Lesson VII

11 February 2015
Collection

The Second World War at Bethlem Royal Hospital.  Bethlem Royal stayed open to patients throughout the Second World War, despite much bombing in the local area and damage to the Hospital.

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In the Frame for February 2014: Elise Pacquette’s ‘Eating the Heart Out’

04 February 2015
Art, Collection

This month's 'In the Frame' is written by Mansions in the Orchard Researcher, Dr Jennifer Walke.

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Mansions in the Orchard: Liz Atkin on Finding Sanctuary in Art

19 January 2015
Art

Liz Atkin, a visual artist based in London, talks about her site specific performance at the Dragon Cafe in September 2014, compulsive skin picking and the power of creativity in recovery.

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Object Lesson VI

13 January 2015
Collection, Events

The end of the Bethlem Hospital Park Farm.

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In the Frame for January 2015: Olivia Gillow’s ‘Insistent Rub’

05 January 2015
Art, Collection

Read this month's 'In the Frame' from Conservator, Jillian Gregory.

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