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  • Madness and civilization: a lecture in 45 tweets


    Couldn’t make it to Professor Andrew Scull’s terrific Porter Lecture on madness and civilization at Wellcome Collection? The helpful people at the History of Human Sciences Journal tweeted a ‘blow by blow’ account which they’ve storified into a handy guide… Continue reading

  • Keeping mental health in Mind


    For World Mental Health Day: Emma Hancox opens up the Mind archive. Over 80 boxes of material from the archive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library.… Continue reading

  • Well? Well almost…


    Through his research into the patient case notes of the Mental After-Care Association, Dr Stephen Soanes explores some of the attitudes towards convalescence in the mental health hospital system of the early 20th century. As a medical classification, convalescence represents a caveat. Neither… Continue reading

  • Abandoned Goods: the power of creativity on film


    Hot on the heels of its Locarno Film Festival success (the Golden Leopard for the Best International Short Film in  the Leopards of Tomorrow Competition), Abandoned Goods, a documentary by Pia Borg and Ed Lawrenson, part funded by a Wellcome… Continue reading

  • Art, asylums and advocacy: histories of mental health


    With World Mental Health Day coming up on October 10, we’ve decided to dedicate all this week on the Wellcome Library blog to mental health themes. On Tuesday Anna Ostrowska discusses Abandoned Goods, a documentary film about ‘asylum art’, showing… Continue reading

  • The Genius of Ismond Rosen


    Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, authority on human sexuality, media pundit, acclaimed artist and prolific writer: whichever way you look at it Ismond Rosen (1924-1996) was possessed of an exceptional intellect. His archive, which comprises 119 boxes of documentary material, photographic images, art… Continue reading

  • Artists and Melancholy


    Laurinda Dixon, Professor of Art History at Syracuse University, did some of the research for her book on early modern representations of ‘melancholia’: ‘The Dark Side of Genius’ at the Wellcome Library. Here she describes how a mental and physical… Continue reading

  • The Adamson Collection Trust archive


    I have recently catalogued the papers of Adamson Collection Trust, set up in 1978 to promote the work of  British artist Edward Adamson (1911-1996) and the collection of artworks he gathered over the years. The Adamson Collection is a unique… Continue reading

  • Edward Adamson: art as healing


    I recently catalogued the personal papers of British artist Edward Adamson (1911-1996), donated to the Wellcome Library by his surviving life partner and collaborator, teacher and writer John Timlin. Together with a new website that I curated (‘The Adamson Collection’), … Continue reading

  • Healing arts: art and mental health in the Wellcome Library


    Until the end of June 2013 the Wellcome Collection is hosting the exhibition Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan, curated by Shamita Sharmacharja. The show is the last one before the planned refurbishment of our temporary exhibitions space starting in August… Continue reading