The Language of Mental Health in the Nineteenth Century

By Lalita Kaplish / 03.02.2016 Wed Editor Wellcome Library George Shuttleworth was a psychiatrist and an asylum superintendent at the Royal Albert Asylum in Lancaster for 23 years. He was also an important campaigner on education for mental patients. His book, ‘Mentally Deficient Children’ is an argument for the education of children with developmental and[…]

An ‘Hysterical’ Diagnosis and Its Historic Roots

St Lukes Hospital, London: patients case book 1912-1916. Wellcome Library reference: H64/B06/015. What did it mean for a woman to be diagnosed with hysteria? By Charlotte Whittingham / 01.12.2016 Medical Student, Imperial College London Tour Guide and Volunteer Marketing Assistant, Freud Museum London A 1916 casebook from St Luke’s Hospital (then to be found on Old[…]

Thinking about Sisyphus (Or, the Afterlife with Some Rock ‘n’ Roll)

Detail of Colossal Krater from Altamura, about 350 B.C., Greek, made in Apulia, South Italy. Terracotta, 63 in. high x 35 7/16 in. diam. National Archaeological Museum of Naples, 81666. By permission of the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism. National Archaeological Museum of Naples – Conservation and Restoration Laboratory The eternal suffering of Sisyphus,[…]

Trumpington Cross Goes on Display for the First Time

The skeleton of the teenage girl, and the remnants of her burial, as discovered by Cambridge University archaeologists in 2011 Extremely rare, early Christian gold cross, gifted to Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology By Stuart Roberts / 02.01.2018 Deputy Head of Research Communications University of Cambridge She was buried in her bed on the outskirts[…]