Absolutely Mental

Autumn in Britain is the best time to nourish the mind, and kicking off this month is another terrific exhibition at the Wellcome Collection on Euston Road in London. The subject is Bedlam, and through the study of this institution in its three incarnations and asylums like it, uncovering the history of madness. The Wellcome […]

England’s Asylums

When I was a child we went to visit a friend of my mother’s in Holloway Sanatorium, near Virginia Water in Surrey. I remember long, wide airy rooms overlooking rolling grasslands and a few patients dotted about, very docile and silent. What I don’t think I saw was its astonishingly colourful interior (as shown on […]