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However there is one way that these important businessmen would have had a connection to black lives, and that is through their connections to the slave trade.
So what relationship did Bethlem have with Black Londoners - was it open to them, or did it only look to exclude minority ethnic communities?
A post introducing research on black lives in the Bridewell Hospital records
'Bedlam' appears in the second series of Harlots, but is this Georgian Bethlem as we know it?
A blog on the life of William Carnie Jnr, a patient in Bethlem 1887-1888, by a participant in the Change Minds Online project
A blog on the life of Thomas Stringer, patient at Bethlem 1887-1888, presented as part of our Change Minds Online project
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
A blog on the life of William Budd, patient at Bethlem 1887-1888, presented as part of our Change Minds Online project