The Bethlem museum are looking for up to 30 people to help them with a short filming project about the different reasons people have visited Bethlem Hospital, both historically and today. They have sourced quotes to be voiced and each person will be asked to remember a couple of short sentences to be filmed.
Filming will take place at Bethlem Royal Hospital on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July and you would need to be available for approximately half a day. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Please email email@example.com to register your interest or for more information. No previous acting experience necessary.
We are looking to recruit a small number of people to help conserve some objects from our collections. No previous experience is required as full training is provided. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
I’d be grateful if you could share this on your blog.
Community Engagement Officer
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
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Bethlem Archives and Museum have been shortlisted, along with 3 other museums, to win the chance to work with the acclaimed photographer, Rankin. If we are successful, Rankin will come to Bethlem to run some photography workshops and also to take portrait photographs (of those who wish to have their photo taken) to become a part of our new museum gallery. This idea will be used to emphasise the point that you cannot tell if someone has a mental health issue from their appearance.
If you would like to support us then please follow this link and vote for us www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night/art462295-Connect10-Vote-Rankin! Can I also encourage you to share this link with your family and friends as this would be a really exciting opportunity for us and a great chance to raise the profile of both the hospital and the museum. Voting is open until Tuesday 28 January.
Community Engagement Officer
PS: Please vote for us to win a day with the wonderful portrait photographer, Rankin!!! www.culture24.org.uk/places-to-go/museums-at-night/art462295-Connect10-Vote-Rankin (voting open 14-28 January only)
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX
In autumn 2014, the Bethlem Museum will be moving to the main administration block of the Bethlem Royal Hospital. The Museum will draw on an internationally recognised collection of archives, art and historic objects, covering 450 years of history.
Many items can be challenging to display and interpret, and we want to know what you think about our plans. On Thursday 12 December we will be looking particularly at ECT machines from our collection. If you have a view, or just want to find out more, please come along!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday 12 December, 4-6pm
Bethlem Archives and Museum
Flyer here: ECT consultation
Invitation to see:
Art Leads to External Places By George Harding Opening 5 December, 5 – 8pm
Maudsley Long Gallery
The inaugural exhibition, by artist George Harding, centres on art’s ability to transport the individual. His work obscures and transcends the boundaries between reality, imagination and dreams. Harding’s painting Alignment, now in the Bethlem Museum’s collection, became iconic within the history of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust when it was used for the Trust’s Arts Strategy, and subsequently reached global audiences on the front cover of a Lancet publication in 2011.
Maudsley Long Gallery was established in 2013 following a grant from the Maudsley Charity. The gallery space uses a reclaimed staff corridor that was previously locked and unused. The space is now open to the everyone. Please enter at the main reception and head past the Sanctuary, where the new Long Gallery is located leading to the Dining room (parallel to the main corridor).
Exhibition continues 6 December 2013 – 31 January 2014
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm
The Long Gallery
020 3228 2830
Please note: The Long Gallery team meet annually (in July) to plan exhibitions for the following year. There are four exhibitions a year. We tend to prioritise SLaM service user art however we take applications from everyone. Applications to exhibit can be made by email to: email@example.com
Matthew attended a talk at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on Saturday 3rd August 2013.
It was a free talk on Cibber’s statues of ‘Raving’ and ‘Melancholy Madness’, and this summer is also the last chance to see the statues before they go out on loan.
They are going to journey across the Channel on long-term loan in September, returning for the opening of the new Museum of the Mind in the autumn.
Matthew’s blog is great to listen to – you almost feel like you are there seeing the statues for yourself. Worth a listen!
On 3rd July, a new exhibition opens at the Bethlem Gallery, showcasing young people’s artwork on the theme of identity. Young artists from Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Bromley Pupil Referral Service (Kingswood) and Hayes School visited the Museum to view a variety of portraits from the collection, before using a variety of creative media to generate their own artwork. The exhibition runs until 26 July, and will be open on the day of the Bethlem Sunfayre.
The annual site open day takes place this year on Saturday 6 July, with activities and events running from 12 – 5pm. There will be live music, stalls, complementary therapies, free children’s entertainment, refreshments, exhibitions, talks, tours and art workshops. This year, the Archives and Museum will have a marquee, allowing us to offer additional exhibitions, talks on the History of Bethlem and to showcase the plans for the new Museum of the Mind. Museum staff will be on hand at all times to answer your questions and listen to your feedback. We look forward to seeing you there!
Face Value opens 3 July, 3 – 6pm
Exhibition continues: 4 – 26 July, Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm
#RT via Bridget via http://bethlemheritage.wordpress.com
The specialist Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital has been recognised as providing an example of “best practice” in caring for women suffering with severe mental illness during pregnancy or post-birth.
An NSPCC report released last week suggests the wellbeing of more than one in 10 newborn babies in England could be improved if all new mothers with mental illness had equal access to good services.
The report states there is evidence to show that the work carried out at the Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, leads to significant improvements in mental state in approximately three quarters of women, in the sensitivity of mothers with schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis when interacting with their babies and major improvements in the interaction of the babies of mothers with schizophrenia, psychosis and depression.
The 13-bed unit was set up for women who develop or have a relapse of serious mental illness during pregnancy or following the birth of their baby. The unit offers a wide range of treatment, therapy and care which is not offered on the same scale in any other unit in the UK.
One unique factor is the work of a developmental psychologist who works closely with the mothers and infants.
Dr Susan Pawlby works clinically as a developmental psychologist at the unit and academically at the King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry.
She said: “I think our unit stands out because we have a developmental psychologist to work with nursery nurses and nurses on the ward and most other units do not have that.
“It means we can give mothers and infants more support in forming and maintaining this early and most fundamental relationship. We have developed video feedback interventions so that mothers can see how their babies respond to them. Together we watch video clips of play sessions, talk about the communication between the mother and her baby in order to help mothers develop their relationship with their baby.
“We systematically evaluate this intervention and see how effective it is. Our work is to encourage mothers to respond to their babies’ cues, so that mothers become more sensitive and babies more co-operative in their interaction with one another. I am delighted our work has been recognised by the NSPCC.”
Alongside this support, the Mother and Baby Unit also treats mothers with medication where needed. The unit also offers various forms of therapy (psychological, art psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytical therapy), life skills, health skills, leisure activities, baby massage and dance therapy.
Following the release of the report the NSPCC is calling on health ministers to lead a drive to address major gaps in access to mental health services for pregnant and new mums.
Mental health problems including depression, anxiety, postpartum psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorders, eating disorders , schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorderand personality disorder can begin or escalate when a woman is pregnant or in her infant’s first year. They can have a damaging effect on family life, and in the worst cases, impact on babies’ health and welfare.
Evidence shows that the vast majority of these illnesses are preventable and treatable, and with the right support, the negative effects on families can be avoided.
Sally Hogg, author of the NSPCC report, said: “The Mother and Baby Unit at Royal Bethlem Hospital provides excellent support for mothers suffering from perinatal mental illnesses and their babies. They do fantastic work to help mums to care for and bond with their babies, which helps ensure these children have the best possible start in life.
“It is crucial that more units like this are made available across the country for all families who need them, as without access to specialist units such as this some mothers don’t get the right help and can be separated from their babies, which is traumatic for the whole family.”
For more information on the NSPCC report:
Read Susan’s story here
#RT via Bridget via http://www.slam.nhs.uk
As the designs for Bethlem’s new Museum of the Mind develop, one of the challenges facing the museum is the vast number of potentially conflicting voices to be acknowledged in telling the story of mental health history. From service users to psychiatrists, unpaid carers to nursing staff, porters to hospital visitors, there are many potential stories that can shape the format of the new museum.
We are currently looking at how we shape the narrative throughout the museum: whose voices we use, and where; what variety of ideas we can express and how we might do this. Most importantly, we want to hear your voice and contributions in order that the museum meets the needs of all its users.
The link below will take you to a short questionnaire on the use of narrative in the museum, which should take no more than ten minutes. If you would like to be involved in further consultations, you can also sign up for this. Your suggestions will help to ensure the new Museum of the Mind reflects the diversity of its audience.
Click here to take survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/THGL7NR
This year’s Sunfayre at the Bethlem Royal Hospital takes place on Saturday 6th July, 12pm – 5pm. It’s a friendly event for all the community with music and entertainment, art, refreshments, stalls, walks and talks. Key Changes is programming the music stage and inviting performers of all genres of music to take part. It’s a great opportunity to play on a big stage to an appreciate crowd in the Bethlem’s lovely green grounds: Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX.
For more information, or to book a performance slot, please contact Key Changes on 020 7549 8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Luke’s Centre
90 Central Street
London EC1V 8AJ
020 7549 8172
07985 249 398
Key Changes provides music engagement and recovery services for service users in the community. We offer two pathways to mainstream creative and vocational opportunities: “Music Production” provides structured courses in music technology at college sites (Morley College and Working Men’s College) and creative sessions at professional recording studios. “Music Performance” provides one-to-one support with songwriting and composition, musicianship, vocal technique, rehearsal and recording with music industry mentors at professional studios. Both pathways offer access to performance opportunities with our ongoing programme of concerts and social events, and support with progression routes to continuing study, in-house volunteer training or work experience. We also provide tailored packages, taster sessions and in-reach hospital services. More information and contact details at www.keychanges.org.uk
Please could you promote and disseminate this excellent opportunity to SLaM service users, those who would like to enter their art work on a postcard, to be selected for the SLaM stall at the London wide Impact Art Fair in Brixton.
The aim is to have 100 selected art works by service users from across SLaM. These will be framed (identical Ikea frames) and installed as an impressive and cohesive group show.
I’m also looking for volunteers to help select and frame the art works before the Fair and look after the stall over the 3 days: 26th, 27th, 28th July 2013.
The Impact Art Fair will be a high profile and high standard event and we are very involved as partners and the Maudsley Charity have supported it. Bethlem Gallery will also have a stall, as will many other key arts organisations and projects across London.
Please do let me know if you have interest and queries.
NB Deadline to submit entries on a postcard by 1st July to my base address below please!
Kind regards Helen
Head of Arts Strategy www.slam.nhs.uk/arts
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Community Link Centre| Douglas Bennett House| Maudsley Hospital| Denmark Hill| London SE5 8AZ
Telephone:020 3228 2707 Internal: 82707 Fax:0203228 2339 Mobile:07969 587 290
In 2014, the Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum will move to the main administration block at Bethlem, with a new Museum of the Mind exhibition. Over the next month, we will be asking for your views on a number of topics associated with the displays and items included. First, we would like you to tell us what our new logo should look like. To have your say, please follow the link to a short online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCF5MYQ
Objects in the Bethlem Museum collection include controversial or challenging items: in particular, representations of treatments or physical interventions that may provoke strong emotional responses.
- How do you feel about seeing these objects?
- How should they be displayed and interpreted?
- Should a visitor be able to “opt out” of viewing them?
On Tuesday 4 June, a two-hour focus group will give you a chance to have your say on the display of restraint devices and a padded cell in the new museum. All feedback will be used to inform the designs for the Museum of the Mind, due to open in 2014.
Focus Group at the Bethlem Gallery
Tuesday 4 June 2013, 12 – 2pm
Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX. Free lunch provided.