Bethlem Museum of the Mind shortlisted for Museum of the Year award

Friday 3rd June 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, which was reopened by artist Grayson Perry in March 2015, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Museum of the Year award.

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.

In 2015 the museum moved from cramped accommodation to a newly refurbished art deco building at the heart of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the UK’s oldest psychiatric institution. The space provides excellent facilities for storing and presenting its collection, as well as a permanent home for the Bethlem Gallery, which showcases the work of current or former patients of the local NHS trust.

The museum is competing against the V&A, Arnolfini, York Art Gallery and Jupiter Artland Sculpture Park and Gallery for the £100,000 prize, which will be announced at a London ceremony in July.

Find out more about the museum and its work by watching this short film.

Wounded exhibition at the Science Museum to mark 100th anniversary of Battle of the Somme

Friday 3rd June 2016

On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, British forces sustained 57,000 casualties, creating a medical emergency of unprecedented scale and severity.

On 29 June 2016 a new exhibition will open at the Science Museum, commemorating the centenary of this momentous battle and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond the First World War.

At the centre of the exhibition will be a remarkable collection of historic objects from the Science Museum’s First World War medical collections, illustrating the stories of the wounded and those who cared for them.

From stretchers adapted for use in narrow trenches to made-to- measure artificial arms fitted back in British hospitals, medical technologies, techniques and strategies were pioneered or adapted throughout the war to help the wounded along each stage of rescue and treatment. 

Visitors will also see unique lucky charms and improvised personal protective items carried by soldiers on the frontline alongside examples of official frontline medical equipment.

Beyond the battlefields, the exhibition will also focus on the longer-term impact of the war on the soldiers who were left physically and mentally affected, and show how the medical lessons learnt still carry relevance today.

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