Up until 1967 homosexuality was illegal. The REH offered ‘treatment’ to people who had unfortunately gone through the criminal justice system or had the threat of the criminal justice system hanging over them. There was the constant fear of job loss, public humiliation and even prison. We came across an ‘aversion therapy chair’ from around 1955. Which was used as part of treatment. The person would sit on a small pad on a chair. They would be shown images (of semi nude men or women) and if they became aroused, then they would get a small shock from the pad. Needless to say most people using it, thought it useless. The law was changed in 1967. The chair is one of the exhibits in Mark Dions artwork 200 years/200 objects.
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