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Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future: History and the Making of Public Policy – Madness in the Syste

Debating mental health in the system, past and present.

Why has consensus on the mental health law been so difficult to reach over the last 25 years? What is the purpose of mental health law today? To what extent does it protect or compromise people's rights? In what ways are historical definitions of mental illness and mental health being redefined today? What has been lost and gained in the substitution of the asylum with hospital and community care?

This event brings together historians of mental health with policy makers, regulators and monitors, psychotherapists, and mental health service users to talk about mental health in the system, past and present.

Speakers include Anthony Deery (Healthcare Commission), Mat Kinton (Mental Health Act Commission), Peter Bartlett (historian and professor of law, University of Nottingham), Felicity Callard (historian, King's College London), Joseph Melling (historian, University of Exeter), David Crepaz-Keay (Mental Health Foundation) and Marion Janner (Star Wards).

This event is organised by the Raphael Samuel History Centre (University of East London, Birkbeck College, Bishopsgate Institute), in partnership with ‘History & Policy’ (Cambridge, Institute of Historical Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).


Anthony Deery | talks
Mat Kinton | talks
Peter Bartlett | talks
Felicity Callard | talks
Joseph Melling | talks
David Crepaz-Keay | talks
Marion Janner | talks


Date and Time:

2 April 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Bishopsgate Institute
230 Bishopsgate
020 7392 9200

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Bishopsgate Institute is two minutes walk from Liverpool Street station.

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