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David Parkin's Delusions of Grandeur

22 April - 22 July 2022

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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 Art of Joan Gunther

Archives, Art, History

In this blog we link some of Joan Rosalind Gunther's art with the relevant notes created during her sessions with Dr Warner.

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Joan Gunther

Archives, Art, History

Joan’s art is extraordinarily vibrant and rich, full of vivid colours and shapes. As far as we know she was untrained

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Antonia White

Archives, History, Personal accounts

Antonia White is one of the most famous former patients at Bethlem. She wrote movingly of her experience at the St George’s Fields, Southwark building

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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

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

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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