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The history of Bethlem and Museum of the mind a zoom talk to the Society on the 21st August 2021.
A Talk by Amy Moffat, the Learning & Outreach Officer at the Museum about the history of hospital and its associated sites, the archives and patient records was recently given to the Society. The archives date back to the 1500s and the records of patients for Bethlem from 1670s to 1920s. The patient records are indexed by name on the Findmypast web site.
Bethlem Museum of the Mind owns the historic collections of South London and Maudsley, the original Bedlam.
You can access Bethlem's records online from 1683 - 1932 via Find My Past. Please be aware that access to Find My Past requires a subscription. You can also view a catalogue of their archive on the Bethlem website. For more information about how to view the Bethlem archives, make enquiries or to view the archive catalogue please visit https://museumofthemind.org.uk/collections/archives or phone the museum on 020 3228 4227.
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX.
By coincidence Janet Few wrote in the Family History Federation Really Useful Bulletin No 12, August 2021, see www.familyhistoryfederation.com/resources-newsletter an article on Bedlam entitled 'Madness, Mania and Melancholia: the mental health of our British ancestors'.
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