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Seeing is Conceiving

29 February 2020 • 14:00

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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

The Story of James Hadfield and his Squirrel

Archives, Collection, History

James Hadfield's life had a lasting impact on the place of those with mental health issues in criminal law.

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Impatient! An exploration of our Winter 2019 exhibition

Art, Exhibitions, History, Reviews

In comparison with the Brilliant Figures exhibition that preceded it, Impatient! is far more topical. Sophia Gal explains...

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Joan Gunther’s voice in art

Archives, Art, History, Personal accounts

One of our most distinct archive voices is that of Joan Rosalind Gunther.

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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

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

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

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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