Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Founded in 1247, Bethlem Royal Hospital is now located in Beckenham, South London, as part of the wider South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The museums' collections illustrate aspects of mental health and mental healthcare. They include archives of Bethlem Hospital (the original 'Bedlam') and the Maudsley Hospital (founded in the 20th century, influential in psychiatric teaching and research). Historical objects relate mainly to Bethlem.

The Archives and Museum service is dedicated to the history of mental health treatment, and includes historical and archival material as well as a large art collection—works by artists, past and present, who have suffered from mental health problems. De-stigmatising mental illness is one of its major roles. The unique art collection contains It comes from many sources, not only from the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals.

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