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