Bethlem Museum of the Mind is based at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham. The hospital itself dates back to 1247, when it became the first UK institution to specialise in the treatment of mental illnesses. The Museum of the Mind opened earlier this year and aims to record the experiences of mental health problems and serve as a learning resource.
Admission to the museum is free, and they run a series of special events and exhibitions throughout the year.
This coming Saturday, 1st August, there will be a talk on the photographs of Henry Hering at 2:00pm. This is a collection of images that showcases life as a Victorian patient. The discussion will be led by Caroline Smith, the museum’s Education and Outreach Officer. After the discussion, you are welcome to view the photographs. Tickets for the event are free, but you need to register in advance through the museum’s website.
Another event that might be of interest is an interactive activity, Open and Expand Your Mind. This runs from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, 13th August. During the event, you will be able to handle a number of items from the museum’s collection and learn more about them and what they were used for. This activity is open to all ages, and it is free to attend. You don’t have to book in advance, but you can register an interest on the museum’s website.
Have you visited the Museum of the Mind yet? How do you find it differs from other museums in the area?