Fame and (mis)fortune
Our final Fame and (mis)Fortune tour led by volunteer Bob Dinsmore will look at Victorian literary figure, Henry Morley. Henry once visited Bethlem in the 1850's, and talks of an institution transformed. Morley’s conclusion, after a review of Bethlem’s chequered history? That “thousands of middle class homes contain nothing so pretty as a ward in Bedlam” and that “as to all the small comforts of life, patients in Bethlehem are as much at liberty to make provision for themselves as they would be at home”.
This will then be followed by an introduction to the Museum’s permanent displays, highlighting objects, artwork, photographs and the interactive exploration of mental health care.