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In the Frame for September 2010: envelope inscription

08 September 2010
Art

One of our volunteers talks about an interesting inscription written on an envelope by a patient.

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Madness and Literature 2: “A Hideous Torture on Himself”

31 August 2010
History, Events

Read more from the fascinating 'Madness and Literature' conference.

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Phantasmagoria: New Exhibition Explores Hallucinations in Art

19 August 2010
Art, Exhibitions

A new exhibition coming to the Bethlem Gallery later this month looks at hallucinations in Surrealist art.

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Madness and Literature: Report from International Health Humanities Conference

16 August 2010
Events

We consider what the relationship between literature and madness is in the 21st century, reflection on the Madness and Literature Network Conference.

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In the Frame for August 2010: Henry Chapront illustrating Huysman’s La-Bas

07 August 2010
Art

Our Registrar considers Henry Chapront's illustrations to J.K.Huysmans’s novel Là-Bas. 

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Bethlem’s changing population

26 July 2010
History

During the nineteenth century Bethlem's hospital population became increasingly middle-class, and improvements in its conditions may have had something to do with this. 

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Diagnosing mental illness in the Edwardian era

17 July 2010
History

Conventions of classifying and diagnosing mental illness have changed a lot over the years. 

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In the Frame for July 2010: Nelson, On the Ward

07 July 2010
Art

A discussion of a black comic look at life on the ward by the semi-anonymous artist 'Nelson'. 

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Flora Tristan visits Bethlem

30 June 2010
History, News and Events

In 1840 the French socialist and proto-feminist thinker Flora Tristan visited Bethlem. 

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London Lives: new online research resource

29 June 2010
History

London Lives is a new resource that allows the public to search the records of Bridewell and Bethlem from 1689-1800. 

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Developing domesticity in Victorian Bethlem

18 June 2010
History

Following investigation and subsequent reform in the early half of the nineteenth century (1815 and 1852), Bethlem Hospital increasingly became a very domestic environment. 

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Doctors visiting Bethlem

14 June 2010
History

A new resource, European Journeys, offers the opportunity to discover more about nineteenth-century doctors and their trips abroad.

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In the Frame for June 2010: Lynda Bamford’s ‘Mother and Father Reading’

08 June 2010
Art

This month's selected artwork has been chosen due to the fact it is rarely on display.

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Hallucinations and electricity in the nineteenth century

02 June 2010
History

With the rise of electricty in the late nighteenth century, many Bethlem patients reported hallucinations associated with the telephone. 

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Exploring history in the Bethlem Archives

25 May 2010
History

With over 450 years of material, the Bethlem archives are enormous. A new blog series will showcase some of its history. 

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