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Blog - History

Mary Ormerod

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A warm hearted and positive person who enjoyed taking a direct approach to working with people, and who promoted patient care with great energy

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Eileen Skellern

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Eileen Skellern was born in 1923 in Stone, Staffordshire, the eldest of three sisters.

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Doctor Mary Barkas

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Mary Rushton Barkas was the first female doctor employed at Bethlem Royal Hospital, and became one of the first four medical assistants at the Maudsley Hospital

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Black Lives and the Bethlem and Bridewell Governors

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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.

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Black Lives in Early Modern Bridewell

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A post introducing research on black lives in the Bridewell Hospital records

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Loose Threads 2

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The credibility of a certain infamous quote is called into question...

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part Three

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For this final installation of "Bethlem's Boardroom," our volunteer focuses on the figure in the corner of the photo...

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part Two

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Continuing our look at the historic boardroom, our volunteer this time focuses on the shields that line the walls.

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Bethlem’s Boardroom: Part One

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With the opening of the newly restored historic boardroom at the museum, one volunteer takes a deeper look at its contents and its past...

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“Uncomfortable Glory” Part 2

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Join us for a closer look at Raving & Melancholy Madness and all that they represent, in "Uncomfortable Glory - Part 2." 

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“Uncomfortable Glory” Part 1

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Bethlem Museum volunteer Alexandra Milne looks at the history of two of the most famous pieces in our collection; the imposing Raving and Melancholy Madness.

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