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'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond' traces the rise and fall of the mental asylum by following the story of one such institution, Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, known in popular slang as Bedlam.
The exhibition focuses on the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of individuals who inhabited the asylum or created alternatives to it – their voices have shaped the meaning of mental illness and the current landscape of mental health care.
Pick up an audio companion, which brings together interviews, spoken word and other audio pieces developed by creative practitioners with lived experience of mental health issues.
What would an ideal asylum look like? Is there such a thing as a safe place to go mad? Come and discuss alternative places of safety including R D Laing’s controversial Kingsley Hall and the Belgian city of Geel’s unique model of psychiatric care.
This blog series showcases many different voices and perspectives from people with lived experience of mental ill health and explores their ideas of personal asylum through sculpture, vlogging, poetry and more.
SATURDAY 10 DEC, 10.30-17.30 £18/15 | BOOK FROM OCT 28
How helpful are medical labels when it comes to mental health? How do we decide what are ordinary responses to human experience and what counts as a disorder? Is an objective notion of mental illness even possible? And who gets to decide who should carry a psychiatric label – might self-diagnosis be the future?
Join us for a full day of in-depth discussions exploring the current psychiatric diagnosis debate, the social function of diagnosis beyond the laboratory and the NHS, and a variety of historical, artistic and cultural approaches to thinking about experiences of mental ill health.
FRIDAY 4 NOV, 19.00-23.00 FREE | BOOK FOR TALKS FROM 28 OCT
If your body could speak, what would it say? From British Sign Language to dance as activism, interaction with robots to political posturing, what do languages of the body reveal or conceal about the experience of inhabiting one? Join us for an evening of embodied exploration and discover how your body talks.
This is a special late-night event with a bar running all night. The building might be busy and space is limited, so entry is not guaranteed.
Performance: A new performance exploring public address from artist Josh Bitelli.
Talks: 'Speaking Without Words' with autism expert Phoebe Caldwell | 'Fat Activism' with author and activist Charlotte Cooper | 'Body Language and Rhetoric' with physiologist Harry Witchel.
Activities: Zine workshop: delve into the Wellcome Library archives with Collective Creativity artists to create new visual languages of the body | Social robotics: discover the research behind human–robot interactions | 'Body to Brain': watch how the brain responds to everything from high fives to face palms.
All pre-booked talks will be British Sign Language-interpreted.
WEDNESDAY 9 NOV, 13.00-14.00 FREE | FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED
What might studying the bacteria in primates’ guts mean for future human health? Catie Williams’s research looks for patterns in the composition of gut bacteria in related primate species and investigates the differences.
Catie Williams, biologist and PhD candidate, University College London.
THURSDAY 17 NOV, 18.00-19.00 TICKETED | BOOK FROM 28 OCT
This specially created event for the Wellcome Library by artist and lecturer Amanda Couch, will explore books as bodies and bodies as books – folds as metaphors of digestion, reading as rumination, palimpsests as skin and livers as tablets – in a unique feast for the mind.
Amanda Couch, artist, researcher and senior lecturer
The question of how humans relate to other animals has captivated philosophers, anthropologists, ethicists and artists for centuries. This exhibition will bring together over 100 objects from literature, film, taxidermy and photography to examine the historical origins of our ideas about other animals and the consequences of these for ourselves and our planet.
Mike Jay explores the evolution of the asylum and attitudes to mental distress and its treatment. From the madhouse to the lunatic asylum, from the mental hospital to the world at large, it features illustrations from Wellcome's exceptional holdings and the Bethlem Royal Hospital’s archive.
Published by Thames & Hudson and Wellcome Collection to accompany 'Bedlam: the asylum and beyond'.
An insightful, honest account of the process of therapy from bestselling author Susie Orbach. Drawing on 40 years of experience, she reveals what she thinks and feels about the people who seek her help, through five dramatised case studies. An essential read for anyone curious about therapy.
'Animal Vegetable Mineral' celebrates the beauty and strangeness of the ‘infographics’, charts and ordering systems used to classify and understand nature in the 18th and 19th centuries, from taxonomy diagrams to distribution maps and colour dictionaries. With an introduction by Tim Dee.
Published by Wellcome Collection to accompany 'Making Nature'.
Explore the digital quilt made by our visitors to tie in with our 'States of Mind' exhibition (now closed). We collected stories of what happens when people are asleep and the best ones were sewn into a quilt by our visitors. The quilt can now be viewed online along with these sometimes strange, sometimes funny stories.