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Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in 1247 and was the first institution in the UK to specialise in the care of the mentally ill. The hospital continues to provide in-patient care as part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and has been based in south London since 1930.
Situated within the hospital grounds, in a stunning Art Deco building shared with the Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Museum of the Mind was formally opened by artist Grayson Perry in March 2015. The museum cares for an internationally renowned collection of archives, art and historic objects, which together offer an unparalleled resource to support the history of mental healthcare and treatment.
Bethlem Museum of the Mind is governed by a registered charity, the Bethlem Art and History Collections Trust (charity number 1013523). You can view our annual report and accounts on the Charity Commission web-site, or read our impact report.
We want to make learning as accessible as possible. You are welcome to guide yourself and your group around the museum but please do let us know in advance if your group will include 10 people or more. Do also contact us if you would like to add a talk or handling session to your visit; this can sometimes be arranged.
We regularly run drop in events such as the bi monthly Cake and Conversation; see our website for details of what’s coming up.
We can also arrange to give off-site talks; we ask that you pay travelling expenses and make a donation to the museum.