Monday, 20 October 2014

Tayside Medical History Museum free public lecture

From the Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee :

Rachel Anderton   :   “Mad Dundee” 1900-1920: Understanding Changing Attitudes to Mental Illness

Tuesday 21 October at 6pm  :   Gannochy Trust Lecture Theatre, School of Medicine, Ninewells Hospital

This free public lecture, co-organised by the Tayside Medical History Museum and the Abertay Historical Society, allows us to look at the history of the stigma of mental illness, and assess how attitudes towards it changed in Dundee in the early 20th century. 

For the first time, people began to understand the relationship between mental health and poverty, though not to the same degree that we understand it today. 

Rachel, who recently graduated in History from the University of Dundee, will look at the changes that were underway in society, literature and policy at that time, and discuss how attitudes towards mental health changed as a result, with a particular focus on Dundee Royal Lunatic Asylum (later Liff Hospital) allowing a local insight into issues which still face us in society today.

Free admission – no need to book.