New exhibition

Committed Exhibition

Committed: Madness in 19th century England

13 May – 27 July 2019

Take a closer look at the history of asylums and madhouses in 19th century England and the physicians who worked at these institutions. Featuring illustrations, portraits and records from various hospitals including Bethlem Hospital, the exhibition provides a chance to see works held in the Library collection.

The exhibition also offers the unique opportunity to view the rarely-shown Hugh Welch Diamond photographs. Dr Hugh Welch Diamond studied psychiatry at London’s Bethlem Hospital – where we get the word ‘bedlam’ – and from 1848 to 1858, used photography to document the facial expressions of patients suffering from mental disorders at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum where he was Superintendent of the Female Department.

Often on loan to museums and galleries around the world, this is a great opportunity to see part of the Diamond collection at the RSM.

Visiting information

The exhibition is free to attend. 

To gain entry to the Library exhibition, print off an exhibition ticket and bring it with you when you are visiting us.

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Opening hours

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm
Sundays and public holidays: closed

Past exhibitions

Download the exhibition booklet to read about exhibitions held in the Library.

This little pamphlet

This little pamphlet: An exhibition to mark the bicentenary of James Parkinson’s essay on the shaking palsy

November 2017 – February 2018

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Attachment: Our enduring need for others

Attachment: Our enduring need for others

February – April 2017