Bethlem seeks home for collection of art by psychiatric patients

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 02 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a626
  1. Wendy Moore
  1. 1London

    A campaign to raise funds to provide a permanent new home for nearly 1000 works of art by psychiatric patients was launched in London this week. The collection, belonging to one of the world’s oldest hospitals, includes paintings by Richard Dadd and Louis Wain.

    The Bethlem Museum, in Beckenham, south London, holds the United Kingdom’s only dedicated psychiatric art collection. The archives date back to 1559 from the Royal Bethlem Hospital, the original Bedlam, which was founded in London in …

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