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200 Years Ago Today 10

14 June 2015
History

On 14 June 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard praise of Bethlem Hospital's new Matron and Steward

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Your Paintings: Nearly One Hundred Artworks from the Bethlem Collection Online

06 June 2015
Art

​Nearly 100 paintings from the Bethlem collection can be seen online thanks to a hugely ambitious project by the BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation.

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200 Years Ago Today 9

24 May 2015
History

On 24 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard details of the fees payable for admission of a patient to Bethlem Hospital

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200 Years Ago Today 8

19 May 2015
History

On 19 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry was told that chains and fetters were only suitable for "pauper lunatics"

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200 Years Ago Today 7

18 May 2015
History

On 18 May 1815, a Parliamentary enquiry heard Bethlem's apothecary explain his preference for using manacles on patients, rather than strait-waistcoats

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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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