Tuesday 3 March 2015
Sometimes the exhibit itself becomes the story. The 1997
"Bedlam, Custody, Care and Cure 1247-1997"
exhibition at the Museum of London presented these two pictures of a ward as depicted by
Hogarth in 1735
ward depicted in 1867
Peter Beresford described the exhibition as being in
"classic modernist terms of centuries of progress, culminating in modern psychiatry"
He thought it was insensitivee to "issues of difference and discrimination" and reduced
experience of thousands of inmates ... to a handful of indecipherable photographs posed in hospital wards and grounds, and select biographies of the famous and curious few". Are the exhibits at the present
Museum of the Mind
a subtler presentation?
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