Can You Help Discover the History of Patient Creativity at St James’ Hospital?

[This story was published on November 13 by Star & Crescent. Read the original story at starandcrescent.org.uk/2017/11/13/can-you-help-discover-the-history-of-patient-creativity-at-st-james-hospital.] Local writer and historian Emily Turner was inspired by the recent Edward King exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum and is running her own research project exploring the creativity of patients in mental health institutions. She would like to include […]

Edward King: patient artist

Yesterday, I visited Portsmouth Museum. I grew up in the area and still live nearby, so I’ve spent many an hour meandering through its galleries. After a particularly dreadful mental health dip, my mother (and fellow history/art enthusiast) shepherded me back down to check out the museum’s current temporary exhibition, which focuses on the work […]

Welcome to Dottyville: Shell shock and The Hydra

[This story was published on March 30 on the History Today website. Read the original story at historytoday.com/emily-turner/welcome-dottyville.] [Image: Creative healing: The Hydra, alongside a photograph of Wilfred Owen. Ⓒ Johnny Greig.] The Hydra, a magazine produced by shell shock patients, was pioneering as a mental health care treatment. During the First World War, specialist hospitals were established, intended […]

Archives of Lost Voices: Patient Publications in Hospitals

[This story was published on December 12 on The Still Point blog. Read the original story at thestillpointjournal.com/2016/12/12/archives-of-lost-voices.] It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where this PhD project began, but it certainly grew out my involvement with the Graylingwell Heritage Project. This was a Heritage Lottery Funded community, heritage and arts programme which charted the history of Chichester’s […]

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome

[Image: Nameless and Friendless, 1857, Emily Mary Osborn] Hello, friends, Romans, and lovers of the creative, historical, queer, and macabre! Thank you for taking the time to visit my attempted cabinet of curiosities. For anyone who may have stumbled across this blog and might be wondering who I am, my name is Emily, I’m a writer […]

The Lost Histories of Patient Publications

Contact me here Calling all historians, Victorianists, creative types, ex or current service users,  mental health staff, occupational therapists and any interested in history and/or mental health! Do you have a story about patient creativity you’d like to share? I’m currently working on a project investigating the history of mental health with a specific focus […]

Join Team #RememberFanny!

Join the campaign! You may have been read my recent posts on Pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Cornforth and the campaign we’re leading to ensure she doesn’t get forgotten. We want to make sure that this fascinating woman is properly commemorated and her contributions to the world of art are remembered by all that love and appreciate […]