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Testimony: first person accounts of the British asylum system 1925-1985


2 November 2019 14:00 - 15:00


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

This film includes fifty life story video interviews with mental health survivors, a project initiated by Mental Health Media with funding from the Department of Health, supported by the NSA.

Interviews were carried out during 1999-2000 and include those who lived in the psychiatric asylums (long-stay patients), as well as 'revolving door' patients and those with a mental illness diagnosis in the second half of the twentieth century in England and Wales. Project interviewers had themselves experienced mental health problems and had first-hand knowledge of the system.

Museum Director Colin Gale will introduce the film.