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Plan a trip to the ‘Museum of the Mind’

Wednesday October 8, 2014

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With Mental Health Awareness Week approaching and National Mental Health Awareness day on 10th October, we couldn’t think of a better time to plan a trip to the first institution in the UK to specialise in the care of the mentally ill.  

For Psychology teachers wanting to take their studies out of the classroom to give their students a real insight into the subject, then look no further than a trip to London’s Bethlem Hospital. A visit to the hospital site offers immense value to Psychology and Sociology students, providing an insight into how a psychiatric hospital works and the people involved in the process, from both patients and staff. The onsite museum is open to the public free of charge, offering a wealth of resources to support learning within group visits.

The new Museum of the Mind, along with their partner organisation the Bethlem Gallery, which was established in 1997 to showcase the work of artists that have experienced mental distress, are relocating within the heart of the site and are due to re-open in February 2015. There will be opportunities to hear more about the new development and take a tour of the new building on Thursday 22nd and 29th January and 5th and 12th February. This exciting new development will provide an improved range of learning opportunities and exhibitions, including a new gallery and learning spaces.

WST can tailor an itinerary to your group's exact requirements for March 2015, and can organise a 90 minute self-guided tour of this unique ‘Museum of the Mind’. Through in house A-Level Psychology resources, students can gain a newfound understanding of Bethlem’s history, diagnosis, freedom and restraint, treatment methods and recovery.