Archaeology and mental health

Past in Mind blog Herefordshire– HLF funded Digability inclusive archaeology project 2011 – 2015. Lessons Leaned: THINK (EVEN) MORE DEEPLY ABOUT DIVERSITY. As described in Section 4, we had difficulties in engaging and sustaining two student groups – one of Asian women and one which included students from several mental health and substance misuse services. As the project developed and we worked with more – and a wider range of – people, we were able to make better judgements about how needs could most effectively be met. In the case of mental health service users, engaging with an activity which presents multiple challenges (travelling to an unfamiliar venue, meeting new people and participating in a subject that is unfamiliar and quite possibly expected to be academic and ‘difficult’) will be too much for many. 

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Archives and mental health

Oral history of patient experiences in Sussex psychiatric hospitals, HLF funded 2013

Reflection – conserving Richmond Mind’s 50 years service 50 years mental health. HLF funded 2009

Hidden Minds – Shenley Hospital oral history and touring exhibition. HLF funded 2011-12

Chinese Mental Health Association project, HLF funded 2011 – 13 (successor project?)

Hidden Now Heard – stories of Wales long stay hospitals. HLF funded 2014 – 2016

My Time-Shared Voices HLF funded project Birmingham

Parallel Lives, Gwent Archive Group

Laurence Sterne Society Good Humour Club project 2 years HLF funded – 2013

Lennox Castle HLF funded social history research project 2012 – 2014

Web links

Mental Hospitals in England: A Gazetteer of Historic Asylums and Mental Hospitals in England, 1660-1948:

St Audry’s Project. Telling It Like It Is: The Story of a Psychiatric Hospital in Suffolk.

First hand accounts of asylum life in twentieth century Britain, from the Mental Health Testimony Archive in the British Library Sound Archive.

David Baker has given us permission to show his photographs of St Andrew’s Hospital, available on this site:

The Smithsonian Institution runs a collaborative archive transcribing project, which could be a model for getting people involved in working with St Andrew’s Hospital archive material:

Oral History Society – – their advice in the ‘Getting Started’ and’ Legal and Ethical’ sections is particularly useful.

British Library Sounds – – this is an excellent source of sound recordings which can be listened to online.

East Midlands Oral History Archive (training section) – – this is a very good source of information on carrying out oral history projects.

BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project – – the website contains lots of recorded conversations and advice.

Bethlem Museum – Museum of the mind
Science Museum – Science Museum mental health
Mental illness 16th 17th century – Disability history

Museums and mental health

Arteffact Final Report

Arteffact Consultant’s Brief 2014



Mental health facts and figures

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Outcomes Star 


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– Nell Croose Myhill and the Sainsbury Centre




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