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Our Blog - personal-accounts

Volunteers’ Week 2016: A Big Thank You!

02 June 2016
News and Events, Personal Accounts

Volunteer’s Week is a national celebration of all those people who give up their time to various organisations. This post looks at the lovely Bethlem Museum volunteers! 

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Virtual Book Club XI

02 April 2016
Literature, Personal Accounts

In time for World Autism Awareness Week 2016, this month one of our Front of House volunteers reviews "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida, which is available to read in our permanent museum.

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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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Virtual Book Club X (Part 2)

14 December 2015
History, Literature, Personal Accounts

This month one of our collection volunteers looks at the life of English pianist and composer, John Ogdon, in "Piano Man: A Life of John Ogdon" by Charles Beauclerk. Part two of two.

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Virtual Book Club X (Part 1)

11 December 2015
History, Literature, Personal Accounts

This month one of our collection volunteers looks at the life of English pianist and composer, John Ogdon, in "Piano Man: A Life of John Ogdon" by Charles Beauclerk. Part one of two.

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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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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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Mansions in the Orchard: Bethlem, Our Playground

08 December 2014
Personal Accounts

Personal recollections of Bethlem contributed by Sue Grime (née Gifford), of a childhood spent playing in Bethlem's extensive grounds.

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Mansions in the Orchard

29 May 2014
History, Personal Accounts, Collection

Read the latest news from our Manisons in the Orchard project.

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Valentine’s Day at Bethlem

14 February 2014
History, Literature, Personal Accounts

Find out more about Valentine's Day at Bethlem.

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Telling Admissions 6

16 December 2013
Personal Accounts

This is the last in a series of posts which has been running throughout 2013 called Telling Admissions.

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Telling Admissions 5

17 October 2013
Personal Accounts

This month we look at the experiences of Psychiatrist Patrick Wakeling when he became a psychiatric patient.

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Telling Admissions 4

15 August 2013
Personal Accounts

Find out more about Alistair Campbell's experiences of mental ill-health.

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Telling Admissions 3

20 June 2013
Personal Accounts

This is the third of six posts in a thread devoted to the stories of those who have gone on the record to talk about their experiences of psychiatric hospitalisation (not necessarily at Bethlem or the Maudsley, be it noted) between 1975 and 1995.

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Telling Admissions 2

16 April 2013
Personal Accounts

This month we look at Adam Ant and his relationship with mental ill-health.

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