Founded in 1247, Bethlem Royal Hospital is now located in Beckenham, South London, as part of the wider South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The Archives and Museum service is dedicated to the history of mental health treatment, and includes historical and archival material as well as a large art collection. De-stigmatising mental illness is one of its major roles. Bethlem Museum of the Mind reopened in the old hospital administration building in February 2015, and now holds regular events. Check the museum website for more details. You can find us on Twitter @bethlemmuseum, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bethlemmuseumofthemind.
Wednesday to Friday, and the first and last Saturday of the month 10:00 - 17:00, last admission 16:30
Nearest Station: Eden Park / East Croydon London Transport Travel Zone 5 By car: From Central London, via Streatham or Crystal Palace to the A214. This passes the north end of Monks Orchard Road. From further south, via the A232 Croydon to Orpington Road. This passes the south end of Monks Orchard Road just west (the Croydon side) of West Wickham. By train: From Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge to Eden Park, via trains travelling to Hayes (Kent). Four trains per hour from London Bridge: journey time 30 minutes. Walking time from Eden Park Station, 15 minutes, or take the 356 bus from outside the station to Bethlem Royal Hospital. From Victoria, frequent fast trains to East Croydon: journey time about 15 minutes. Buses from outside the station, travelling towards West Wickham, Nos. 119, 194 and 198, pass the south end of Monks Orchard Road. Walking time from the bus stop, 5 minutes. By bus: Bethlem Royal Hospital is at the Shirley end of the 356 route, which runs to Forest Hill. The Bethlem site: Bethlem Hospital occupies a large site and the buildings are widely scattered, but it is easy to find the Archives and Museum, which is close to the entrance. If you are on foot, turn right just inside the gate, and you will find our building a little way down the road on the right hand side. It is well signed. This is a service road, and the traffic barrier is opened only for Heavy Goods Vehicles: so if you are driving you will have to turn left and follow the signs, working your way round until you are nearly back where you started. You may find it easiest to park in the visitor's car park near the gate, or outside in Monks Orchard Road, and walk the short distance to our building.
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Facilities and services
- Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
- Research facilities for academics
- Study facilities
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
- Public car park
- Picnic area
- Parking for coaches
- Gardens open to public
- Education facilities available
Archives and reference library open to the public by appointment only. Museum opening hours cannot be guaranteed at all times. Please telephone to check before planning a visit.
- Academic publications and resources available
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Volunteering scheme offered
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Guided tours
- Community outreach programme/service
- Adult lectures and courses held
- Secondary school education service available
- Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
- Primary school education service available
- Online teaching materials available
- Member of staff available with responsibility for education
- medicine (medicine)
- Social History
- art brut
- outsider art
- health (history)
- mental health
- disability (history)
- National Health Service
- Contemporary (British History)
- Museums at Night October 2015
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