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Loose Threads 2

11 May 2017
Archives, History

The credibility of a certain infamous quote is called in to to question...

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Loose Threads 1

03 May 2017
Archives, History

A tweet from UK Parliamentary Archives leads Colin Gale, Bethlem Museum Archivist, on an unexpected journey.

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Curating Stanley Lench

28 February 2017
Archives, Exhibitions

Curator and former Bethlem Museum registrar Rebecca Lodge talks about her excitment at being invited back to create this wonderful exhibition. 

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Hospital Snapshots 12

03 February 2017
Archives, History

With the discovery of an intriguing photo accompanying a Victorian patient's records, work placement student Niko considers its meaning. 

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part Three

07 November 2016
Archives, History

For this final installation of "Bethlem's Boardroom," our volunteer focuses on the figure in the corner of the photo...

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part Two

14 October 2016
Archives, History

Continuing our look at the historic boardroom, our volunteer this time focuses on the shields that line the walls.

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part One

21 September 2016
Archives, History

With the opening of the newly restored historic boardroom at the museum, one volunteer takes a deeper look at its contents and its past...

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“Uncomfortable Glory” Part 2

09 May 2016
Archives, History

Join us for a closer look at Raving & Melancholy Madness and all that they represent, in "Uncomfortable Glory - Part 2." 

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“Uncomfortable Glory” Part 1

03 May 2016
Archives, History

Bethlem Museum volunteer Alexandra Milne looks at the history of two of the most famous pieces in our collection; the imposing Raving and Melancholy Madness.

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In the Frame: ‘Dancing Cats’ by Stanley Lench

20 January 2016
Archives, Art, Personal Accounts

A peek into the vibrant world of Stanley Lench, written by one of our volunteers. 

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In the Frame: Portrait Studies of Figures in Eastern Dress

04 December 2015
Archives, Exhibitions, Personal Accounts

Take a look inside Richard Dadd’s sketchbook and discover his Middle Eastern Journey.

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