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Alternative Asylums


Fully booked

Thursday 10 November 2016


What would an ideal asylum look like? Is there such a thing as a safe place to go mad? Come and discuss alternative places of safety including R D Laing’s controversial Kingsley Hall and the Belgian city of Geel’s unique model of psychiatric care. 

This is a collaboration between Wellcome Collection and Bethlem Gallery in celebration of our ‘Bedlam: the asylum and beyond’ exhibition and Bethlem’s ‘Reclaiming Asylum’ exhibition.


  • Adrian Chapman, English Department, Florida State University, London Centre
  • the vacuum cleaner, artist
  • Bert Boeckx, archivist, Public Centre for Psychiatric Care in Geel


Beth Elliott, Director, Bethlem Gallery

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 28 October.