One in four of us experiences mental health problems leading to hospitalisation.
Yet mental health is still one of our great taboos.
Through Glasgow’s history, this story reveals insights into changing attitudes to mental health problems and services.
The museum collection highlights aspects of daily life in the vast Victorian hospital-based asylums. These asylums operated as worlds on their own.
They contrast keenly with contemporary memorabilia illustrating the new Care in the Community services.
Glaswegian psychiatrist R D Laing made a major contribution to modernising psychiatric thinking and practice. He influenced the move away from treatment in asylums to more personal care.
The museum’s unique collection of Mary Barnes artworks spotlights Laing’s experimental work at Kingsley Hall in London's East End.