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Bedlam: a beguiling look into mental health

Bedlam: a beguiling look into mental health

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The Wellcome Collection frequently hosts exhibitions which merge science and art in a delightful manner, and Bedlam: the asylum and beyond was no exception. The collection traces the history of the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, from which the word bedlam originated. It also contains artworks surrounding the topic of mental health. Content on the history of the hospital was factual, slightly dull, and did not complement the rest of the exhibition which focused more on the interface between mental health and creativity. However, the artworks displayed, and discussion around changing views of mental health were interesting, relevant and well curated. A crude black and white caricature of William Norris, a patient who was kept chained to his bed for years, was shocking but felt re...