Bethlem Museum of the Mind: records the lives and experience, and celebrates the achievements, of people with mental health problems. It aims to become a leading information and learning resource for the history of mental health care and treatment.
Museums of Health and Medicine: 27 museums of health and medicine in London
Wellcome Library: Everything you need to know to start your history of psychiatry research
- How to join
- How to use the Library
- Remote access - electronic resources you get as a Wellcome Library member
- Mental healthcare project
- Archives and Manuscripts
Free online material
- Wellcome Images - picture library
- All the historical images are free to download high-res.
- Digital Collections
Papers pertaining to Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology
- The National Archives: is useful for researching national health policy. Its Hospital Records Database can help you identify the location of asylum and mental hospital archives. Its guide, How to look for records of mental health, may be useful.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists Archives
The Mind Archive: over 80 boxes of material from the archive Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library.
Mind began life as the National Association for Mental Health (NAMH) in 1946, but it owes its name to the Mind Appeal, a 1970s fundraising campaign launched by David Ennals.
This series of podcasts by Professor Rab Houston at the University of St Andrews provides thought provoking perspectives on many aspects of the history of psychiatry.
Oral history is the recording of people's memories, experiences and opinions.
A living history of everyone's unique life experiences
An opportunity for those people who have been 'hidden from history' to have their voice heard
A rare chance to talk about and record history face-to-face
A source of new insights and perspectives that may challenge our view of the past.
The Oral History Society promotes the collection, preservation and use of recorded memories and plays a key role in facilitating and developing the use of oral history.
The OHS has a new special interest group the Psycho-Social Therapies and Care Environments.
Planned Environment Therapy Trust (PETT, Toddington, Cheltenham, Gloucester)
Fiona Subotsky's blog Dracula for Doctors will let you dip into medicine, botany and more in Dracula, the 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Her book Dracula for Doctors is on its way.
We also recommended reading 'The history of psychiatry: personal reflections' (pdf) by psychiatrist and historian Allan Beveridge.
- Documentaries on YouTube. Some are controversial, most contains historic images or oral history interviews.
- Ward F13, 1968 Granada TV, (Part 1 and Part 2)
- Wellcome Library
- Neuro Psychiatry 1943
Copies of both the long and short versions of Neuro Psychiatry 1943 are held in the archives of the British Film Institute. The long version has been digitized and a copy of this is held in the Wellcome Trust Film Archive, Euston Road, London, UK.
- Bethlem Museum of the Mind
- This contains a lot of valuable (and some controversial) information, including further links.
Whittingham Lives is a Heritage Lottery funded arts and heritage project aimed at exploring, researching, celebrating, and perhaps critically reviewing, the culture and legacy of Whittingham Asylum, near Preston, Lancashire from its opening in the 1870s until its closure in 1996 and recent demolition.
The hospital became an unlikely site for psychiatric research, an emergency war hospital, and then the largest County Mental Hospital in England before a major inquiry lead to its demise.
An ambitious programme of arts and heritage events is planned over the next two years aiming to challenge and change public attitudes towards mental health by engaging service users, carers, and the wider public, with creative artists, musicians, historians and health professionals with the story of the people of the Asylum.
The project has access to extensive textual and visual resources held at the Lancashire County Archives and will be underpinned by historical research.
Our current interests include institutional history, physical treatments, psychiatric ‘treatment’ of lesbian, bisexual and gender non-conforming women, patients’ clothing and diet, trade unions, photographic records, dramatic and musical responses, and the memorialization of former patients.
We welcome enquiries from prospective researchers into any aspect of the lives of the people of Whittingham.