Bethlem Museum of the Mind

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind,Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road,Beckenham

020 3228 4227

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind promotes understanding of mental ill health, its treatment and recovery, through free access to its world-class collections. Since we opened the doors of our new Museum in 2015, we have engaged over 12,000 people directly every year through our displays, exhibitions, learning and outreach programmes. Our ambition is to keep access free of charge, and we rely on donations to make this possible.

At any time, one in six adults will be experiencing a mental health condition, while one in ten children will be affected with mental ill health.*

About the Museum

Bethlem Museum of the Mind records the lives and experiences of people with mental ill health, and history of mental healthcare. As the Museum of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, Europe's oldest psychiatric hospital, our collection includes archives, historic objects and artwork.

The Museum aims to explore some of the enduring questions and challenges around mental health and its treatment. We offer thought-provoking exhibitions, promote access and research, and engage a wide audience through our learning and outreach programmes.

Formally opened in 2015 by artist Grayson Perry, the Museum was shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award in 2016.

How Can You Help?

You may wish to give a general donation to the Museum, or support our Name on the Door scheme.

Name on the Door

We want to recognise the generosity of our major supporters, and their relationship with the Museum. In our ‘Name on the Door’ scheme, you will have your name, or the name of a loved one, inscribed on the glass doors or entrance panels to the Museum.

If you are interested in Name on the Door, and will be making a donation of £250 or above, then please get in touch to let us know the name that you would like to be featured. You can do this via the phone or email contacts on the side of the page, or by leaving us a message when you make a donation.

*See The state of care in mental health services 2014 to 2017 (CQC), and Mental Health Foundation

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