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Our Blog - personal-accounts

Telling Admissions 1

08 February 2013
Personal Accounts

This new thread is devoted to first-hand accounts of what it was like to have been admitted to a psychiatric hospital (‘sectioned’) under the UK Mental Health Act in the twenty years between 1975 and 1995.

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The Unbroken Seal

11 September 2012
History, Personal Accounts

Read about some of the letters found in the Victorian Bethlem casebooks.

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First Person Narratives 7

22 June 2012
Literature, Personal Accounts
Gail Hornstein, Professor of Psychology at Mount Holyoake College and sometime visitor to the Archives & Museum, makes passing reference to... Read more

In the Spotlight: Angus Mackay

25 January 2012
History, Personal Accounts

Enjoy the last in this current series by exploring the experiences of Angus Mackay during his admissions to Bethlem.

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In the Spotlight: Christopher Long

22 November 2011
History, Personal Accounts

Continuing our 'In the Spotlight' series, this month we look at the story of Christopher Long.

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First Person Narratives VI

16 November 2011
Literature, Personal Accounts

Hear this insight into 20th century psychiatric recordkeeping practice.

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In the Spotlight: Edward Oxford

27 October 2011
History, Personal Accounts

This month's 'In the Spotlight' focuses on Edward Oxford and his attempt to assassinate Queen Victoria.

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First Person Narratives V

06 October 2011
Personal Accounts

Read about Kim Noble's exciting new book, now available for purchase.

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In the Spotlight: John Robert Cozens and Bernardo Amiconi

22 September 2011
History, Personal Accounts

This month we focus on the stories of two artists, one of whom was a resident at Bethlem and the other who is often mistakenly thought to have been resident here.

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First Person Narratives IV

12 September 2011
History, Personal Accounts

Read part two of Jackie's experiences in the Charles Hood Unit at Bethlem.

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In the Spotlight: Relatives 2

22 August 2011
History, Personal Accounts

Following on from last month, we now explore the stories of more relatives of well-known people.

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First Person Narratives II

17 August 2011
History, Personal Accounts

This month we have a first-hand account from a mental health nurse, formerly at Bethlem.  Hear how experiences of clinical depression influenced the life and work of Annie Altschul.

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Biography and Psychology III: Walter Abraham Haigh

13 August 2011
History, Personal Accounts

Hear about Walter Abraham Haigh's battle with delusional insanity.

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First Person Narratives I

09 August 2011
History, Personal Accounts

Staff at the museum take time to investigate further the relationship between doctor and patient.

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In the Spotlight: Relatives 1

25 July 2011
History, Personal Accounts

In a slight change from our usual 'In the Spotlight' posts, this month we are looking at the experiences of some of the relatives of better-known residents of Bethlem.

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