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Our current exhibition

Seeking Asylum: Places of Refuge for the Mind

30 June - 19 October 2020

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Our location

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham
Kent BR3 3BX

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experience and celebrates the achievements of people with mental health problems.

Our aim is to make our collections more accessible, and to provide accurate information to help in their interpretation.

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The latest from our blog

Change Minds Online: William Carnie Jnr by a Change Minds Participant

Archives, Exhibitions, History, Personal accounts

A blog on the life of William Carnie Jnr, a patient in Bethlem 1887-1888, by a participant in the Change Minds Online project

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Change Minds Online: Thomas Herbert Stringer by Teresa Patti

Archives, Exhibitions, History, Personal accounts

A blog on the life of Thomas Stringer, patient at Bethlem 1887-1888, presented as part of our Change Minds Online project

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About Change Minds Online

Archives, Exhibitions, History, Personal accounts

Change Minds Online brought together a group of volunteers to explore the stories of some of these people, using the casebook entries as a jumping off point

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The talks at the museum are very high quality as are the exhibitions and you will learn lots about the hospitals history, prior patients, art and mental health and much more. I cannot recommend the Museum highly enough.

— happytravels618

I have been to a few art museums, but this was by far the best. The paintings and pieces of art were spectacular, and walking around the museum gives you a great insight into mental health.

— Caroline Ross-Biggs

The exhibition was incredibly well curated - interesting, diverse and challenging. The art and historical displays were fantastic. Superb volunteers who were really engaging.

— Nick Stephenson

Incredibly thought provoking and provides an idea of how hugely complex treating mental health can be. Definitely worth a visit.

— Emma Westhrop

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind promotes understanding of mental illness, its treatment and recovery, through its displays, exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes. Our ambition is to keep access free of charge, and we rely on donations to make this possible.

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