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  • Art in the asylum


    What is the value of art created in the asylum, and who has the right to decide how it’s used? These are some of the questions raised by the Adamson Collection – 5,500 paintings, drawings and sculptures by people (mainly… Continue reading

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    Rediscovering the gut-mind connection


    The gut-mind relationship is currently undergoing a renaissance. In the past decade, biomedical science has been drawing increasingly compelling links between mental health and the gastrointestinal tract. Conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome are being linked to mental illness, and… Continue reading

  • Dancing to heal


    While researching the role of dance as a form of therapy for the latest Wellcome Collection exhibition ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond‘, I discovered a richly illustrated cross-cultural discipline that spans many centuries. It quickly became clear that dance has… Continue reading

  • An hysterical diagnosis


    What did it mean for a woman to be diagnosed with hysteria? In the second of our blog series on the ‘asylum and beyond‘, Charlotte Whittingham examines patient records from the asylum to find out. A 1916 casebook from St… Continue reading

  • Wikimedia editathon on the history of psychiatry


    Are you interested in the history of mental health and psychiatry? Then come along to our free History of Psychiatry Beyond the Asylum event, featuring talks from top historians and an afternoon of editing Wikipedia to improve its coverage of… Continue reading

  • The musings of melancholy


    Can writing about melancholy help alleviate it? Under the pseudonym Democritus Junior, this is what a 17th-century scholar was attempting to achieve through his book The Anatomy of Melancholy. The title caught my attention while working on the UK Medical… Continue reading

  • Edith Morgan: a life’s work in mental health


    Edith Morgan was a prominent figure in the field of mental health for over 40 years, both in the UK and internationally. Her personal papers, documenting her remarkable career, have just been catalogued and are available to view at the… Continue reading

  • Rosina Bulwer Lytton: a blighted life


    The life of Rosina Bulwer Lytton provides a fascinating insight into the attitudes towards women and mental health in the 19th century. Dismissed for years as the mad wife of the novelist and politician Edward Bulwer Lytton, Rosina was in… Continue reading

  • Mental health history ventures out of the asylum


    On 26 June the Wellcome Trust played host to a symposium on the history of 20th century mental healthcare in Britain – Keeping Mental Health in Mind. Part of motivation for the event, organized by the Wellcome Library and the… Continue reading

  • Peter the Wild Boy


    The Heberden archive (Library reference SA/HEB) has recently been catalogued and is available for consultation in the Library. While it mostly relates to rheumatism and arthritis, it also includes a collection of historic medical manuscripts, which were put together by… Continue reading